Nissan announces Sunderland jobs bonanza as new model is unveiled

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NISSAN is set to create 2,000 jobs after deciding to build its new model in Sunderland.

The Japanese car giant will manufacture its new compact family car to replace the Nissan Note at its Sunderland plant in Washington.

The production of the new model – based on the Invitation concept car, unveiled at the Geneva motor show today – will create 400 jobs at Nissan’s Sunderland plant.

Another 1,600 are set to be created in the factory’s supply chain, much of which is based in the North East.

Trevor Mann, Nissan’s senior vice president for manufacturing in Europe, said it was Sunderland’s reputation which had secured the new model.

He said: “This plant has a 20-year heritage in producing successful compact cars stretching back to the first Micra rolling off the line in 1992.

“I’m delighted Sunderland has secured what will be another very important model for Nissan in Europe. It is a testament to the workforce, the ongoing support from the UK Government and all of our regional partners and suppliers.

“The additional volume will maintain Sunderland as the country’s largest car plant and we expect and look forward to a very busy future.”

The plant is expected to build 100,000 of the new model a year initially, depending on demand.

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