Nissan boost for Sunderland plant

Nissan has extended its commitment to its Sunderland plant by announcing that it will produce the next Qashqai there, while also adding production of the next X-Trail model.

As a result, Nissan will increase its investment in Sunderland, securing and sustaining the jobs of more than 7,000 workers at the plant.

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Nissan, said, ‘I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland. Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day.

‘The support and assurances of the UK government enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland. I welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy.’

Nissan’s Sunderland plant has produced almost nine million cars since, with one in three British cars produced there, making it the largest car plant of all time. In addition to the 7,000 direct employees at Sunderland, the plant supports a further 28,000 British automotive supply chain jobs. To date, Nissan has invested more than £3.7 billion in Sunderland.