Jobs joy for Sunderland as Nissan confirms new Qashqai deal at Wear plant

Nissan's Qashqai
Nissan's Qashqai
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THOUSANDS of jobs across Wearside are to be safeguarded with news Nissan’s Sunderland plant will build a new version of the best-selling Qashqai.

Nissan global boss Carlos Ghosn announced today that British workers will design, engineer and build the next version of the car, a development which is expected to safeguard around 6,000 jobs at the firm’s Sunderland plant and throughout its supply chain.

Making the announcement outside 10 Downing Street as he met with Prime Minister David Cameron, Mr Ghosn said: “The UK has been a cornerstone of Nissan manufacturing since 1986, with the Sunderland plant setting important benchmarks for quality and efficiency in Europe and around the world.

“It’s the home of the Qashqai, one of Nissan’s biggest product successes. And as Nissan’s leadership in sustainable transportation grows, the plant will become one of the pillars of our zero-emission manufacturing.”

For more on the announcement, see tomorrow’s Echo.