NISSAN is to create more than 1,000 jobs with the launch of a fifth model for its Sunderland plant.
The car giant today revealed its Wearside factory will start building an as-yet-unnamed new medium hatchback in 2014.
The Japanese giant will plough an additional £127million investment into the city plant, helping bring the Sunderland workforce to a record 6,225.
The announcement was made by David Cameron and Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga, during a visit by the Prime Minister to Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan.
“It is fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new hatchback model in the UK and that they expect to create more than 1,000 jobs at the Sunderland plant and in the supply chain across the country,” said Mr Cameron.
“It’s proof of the strength and vitality of the British manufacturing industry that leading companies like Nissan are expanding their production in the UK.”
Plant manufacturing chief Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “In the next five years, Nissan is going to nearly double its production output. To do that, it needs to expand the model range.”