Great news for Great Britain as the Japanese manufacturer announced from Yokohama Japan, that Nissan Motor Company Ltd in the UK will produce the next Nissan Qashqai model and will expand to add production of the next X-Trail Model.
This recent decision comes off the back of the Prime Minister, Theresa May visiting The Nissan Cheif Executive Carlos Ghosn, to give support and assurance through this transition period of the UK exiting the European Union.
Nissan will now increase its investment in the Sunderland plant that will now secure and sustain the jobs of the 7,000 plus workers at the plants.
“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,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan. “The support and assurances of the U.K. 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.”
Mrs May described the announcement as "fantastic news", adding: "This vote of confidence shows Britain is open for business."
Nissan started off its investment in Sunderland back in 1986 and has produced over 9 million cars since. The plant itself is the largest car manufacturing site in the UK and 80% of the cars that roll off the line are exported to over 130 countries across the world. In a period of less than two years the site has built over 2 million Qashqai’s and although there are 7,000 jobs the site also supports over 28,000 more jobs in automotive supply chains.