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Nissan makes new commitment to Sunderland factory

Thursday 27 October 2016, By Autovolo

Nissan makes new commitment to Sunderland factory

Nissan makes new commitment to Sunderland factory

The next generation Qashqai, as well as the next X-Trail model will be produced at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, the carmaker has confirmed.

The government has committed to maintaining the factory’s competitiveness, and because of this Nissan has said that it will continue to invest in the plant. As a result of this, more than 7,000 jobs will be secured.

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 the Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy.”

Since it first opened in 1986, the Sunderland factory has produced more than 9 million cars. From that time, Nissan has invested more than £3.7 billion in the plant. At the moment, one in every three vehicles produced in Britain comes from the Sunderland factory, with 80 per cent of the cars it manufactures exported to over 130 international markets.

A further 28,000 workers are supported by the plant, on top of the 7,000 directly employed at Sunderland.

This latest news will quash many fears surrounding the future of the plant, which arose following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.