Nissan to Build New Models in Sunderland
Nissan has confirmed it will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant in the first major development for the car industry since the Brexit vote. The Japanese company’s commitment to Britain’s biggest car plant had been in doubt following the referendum.
Carlos Ghosn, Nissan chief executive, said government “support and assurances” allowed it to decide to make the two new cars in Sunderland.
The decision will secure 7,000 jobs.
A Nissan spokesman said making the X-Trail at Sunderland could lead to hundreds of new jobs being created in the coming years.
Mr Ghosn said he welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s “commitment to the automotive industry in Britain”.
Last month, he warned that Nissan might not invest in the Sunderland plant unless the government guaranteed compensation for costs related to any new trade tariffs resulting from Brexit.
Mrs May described the announcement as “fantastic news”, adding: “This vote of confidence shows Britain is open for business.”
A Downing Street spokesman could not give any details of the government’s promises to the company.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “The fact Nissan have not only made a long-term commitment to build the next generation Qashqai and X-Trail at Sunderland, but decided to upgrade their factory to a super-plant, manufacturing over 600,000 cars a year, is proof of the strength of the sector.”