Nissan has unveiled a new £52m XL press line at its UK manufacturing plant in Washington, as preparations ramp up for production of the next-generation Qashqai. The investment in the UK further cements the company’s 2016 announcement that it is committed to the UK post Brexit, despite hints to the contrary in the lead-up to the 2019 General Election.
This means that around £400m has been invested in the UK-built Qashqai so far and comes on top of the £100m invested for the launch of new Juke – these sums are part of a planned investment in the plant totalling £1bn over five years. To support certain elements of the £400m investment, Nissan has received support from the UK Government’s Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The first specially commissioned panels to come off the press were produced during a ceremony which took place on Friday and was led by Nissan Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta (below), who said: ‘When the first Nissan Qashqai rolled off the line in Sunderland in 2006 it created a new market segment. Designed, engineered and made in the UK, and more than three million vehicles later, it remains the benchmark, just as our team in the UK continues to set the standard for productivity and quality.’
As part of the ceremony, the whole team behind the press project signed the first panel – a wing for the Juke. March 2020 marks the tenth anniversary of the first Juke to roll off the line in Washington. The all-new version has been made exclusively there since October last year.