Nissan to build new hatchback model in UK

Nissan to build new hatchback in UK
Japanese car giant Nissan has announced plans to build its new hatchback model in the UK.

The move is expected to create more than 1000 jobs at the company's Sunderland site and at component companies. It follows Nissan's announcement at last month's Geneva Motor Show that it will manufacture another all new B segment vehicle, INVITATION, from next year.

Paul Everitt, chief Executive of the SMMT, said: "Nissan's investment in Sunderland is great news for the industry and the broader economy. Nissan's commitment to the UK demonstrates the growing strength and global competitiveness of our sector and with new jobs being created at the plant and in the supply chain it shows the broader economic impact of today's news.

"Manufacturing is at the heart of the recovery and with long term investments being made throughout the automotive sector, it will play an increasingly important role in the UK economy."

Prime Minister David Cameron commented: "It is fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new hatchback model in the UK. It's proof of the strength and vitality of the British manufacturing industry."

More details of the new model, including naming, pricing, engine line-up and equipment levels, are due to be released in the course of the new model's launch programme.

Laura Hopperton

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