Nissan’s Sunderland factory has been handed the rights to build yet another new car, with production of a new mid size model to start in 2014.
Combined with the recent announcement at the Geneva motorshow that the factory will build a compact car based on the Invitation concept, the new model will bring the total jobs created at the Sunderland plant to 625, with another 2,000 or so being created across the supply base.
Once recruitment for both models is complete, the Sunderland Plant workforce will stand at a record 6,225 supporting an overall annual plant volume of more than half a million units – that’s more cars from one factory in the north east of England that is produced by the entire car industry in Italy.
The Qashqai, Qashqai +2, Juke and Note are all currently produced at the plant, with production of the all-electric LEAF starting next year. The Invitation based car and a new mid size model will bring the model count to seven.
Announced as part of Nissan’s mid-term plan, Nissan Power 88, the Japanese manufacturer intend to launch an all-new car every six weeks through to 2016, to end up with a range of some 66 models covering 92% of the world market.
“In Europe Nissan has achieved record growth in recent years by providing innovative, customer-focused models like Qashqai and Juke that are designed, developed and produced within the region,” said Toshiyuki Shiga , Nissan’s Chief Operating Officer. “Nissan already produces more vehicles in Europe than any other Asian manufacturer and the model announced today will bring world-class quality and leading technology to our customers at the heart of the European C-segment.
Prime Minister, David Cameron, commented: “It is fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new hatchback model in the UK and that they expect to create more than 1000 jobs at the Sunderland plant and in the supply chain across the country. It’s proof of the strength and vitality of the British manufacturing industry that leading companies like Nissan are expanding their production in the UK.”
More details about the new hatchback including pricing, engine line-up and equipment levels will be released closer to the car’s sales launch.
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