Nissan cutting hundreds of jobs

According to Reuters and Independent, Nissan is cutting hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland plant.

Although it is Britain’s largest automotive factory, Nissan’s demand across Europe has declined after its emission scandal. Sales of the brand have fallen 35% so far this year, with overall demand also down by 12%.

Demand for diesel fell by a third in the first three months of 2018 in the UK, due to continued customer worry over planned tax rises.

The news comes just days after Jaguar Land Rover announced the loss of 1,000 agency staff jobs after a fall in sales, blaming government diesel policies that will come into effect.

A spokesperson for Nissan told the Independent, ‘As previously communicated, we are transitioning to a new range of powertrains over the next year.

‘As we make the operational changes required to support this, we will be managing a planned short-term reduction in powertrain supply and plant volumes at NMUK in line with our 2018 Business Plan. We are now discussing these operational changes with our employees.’