Sunderland’s Nissan plant looks to new Infiniti model - and beyond

Sunderland's Nissan plant will begin manufacturing the Infiniti Q30 tomorrow.

Sunderland's Nissan plant will begin manufacturing the Infiniti Q30 tomorrow.

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Sunderland’s Nissan plant goes to Infiniti and beyond tomorrow as the latest model to enter production starts rolling off the line.

Former plant boss Trevor Mann will be back on Wearside as the plant begins producing the Q30 – its first model for the car giant’s exclusive Infiniti marque.

The decision to manufacture the Q30 in Sunderland reflects our confidence in UK production quality and efficiency,”

Trevor Mann

“The decision to manufacture the Q30 in Sunderland reflects our confidence in UK production quality and efficiency,” said Trevor.

“This model has been developed jointly by our engineers in Japan, our London design centre and our European technical centre at Cranfield, harnessing the world-class automotive talent based in the UK.

“It represents more than £250million of new investment at Sunderland, a site where Nissan has invested more than £3billion since opening the plant in the 1980s.

“We are also creating hundreds of jobs in the plant, taking total employment inside the factory to more than 6,700 by expanding our production to include the Q30.”

Tomorrow’s launch marks the first time in more than 20 years a non-British premium brand has begun production on such scale in the UK.

Nissan Sunderland now accounts for one in three of all cars produced in Britain, and most of its output is exported.

As well as those directly employed, the factory’s supply chain supports 21,000 jobs in Sunderland and 40,000 across the UK.