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Nissan announces next Qashqai to be built at Sunderland
Nissan has announced that the new Qashqai will be built at Sunderland, along with adding production of the next X-Trail model at its plant in the North East.
The news was announced following, in what Nissan says, is “the UK government’s commitment to ensure that the Sunderland plant remains competitive”.
The move is fantastic news for the local area and wider supply chain of the UK automotive sector.
One in three cars produced in the UK are made in Sunderland and Nissan, with this announcement, have secured the jobs of over 7,000 workers at the plant as well as supporting a further 28,000 British automotive supply chain jobs.
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”
Nissan Sunderland facts & figures
• Opened in 1986
• Produced almost 9 million cars
• Largest UK car plant
• 80% of Sunderland production is exported
• More than 2 million Qashqai’s have been produced over 10 years
• 7,000 direct employees
• More than £3.7 billion invested in the plant to date