The Japanese based automaker Nissan has recently announced its plans to manufacture a new hatchback, which will rival the VW Golf, in Sunderland, UK.
According to the car manufacturer, developing the new Golf rival in Sunderland will lead to an investment of 200 million USD and this will lead to creating an extra 225 jobs and the model is expected to go into production in 2014. Besides the new hatchback model, the Sunderland plant will also be the place where the next generation of the Nissan Note will be manufactured, and this will increase the number of new jobs to 625.
“Nissan’s investment in the UK is a huge vote of confidence in the skills and flexibility of the UK workforce. We want to attract more investment like this. This trip is really about British business, British exports and investments from Britain into these countries, and investment from these countries into Britain”, said David Cameron.
The all-new Nissan hatchback, which doesn’t even have a name yet, will be made in 80,000 units annually and the Sunderland plant will add an extra shift. Both of the production lines will work constantly and the total capacity will rise to 550,000 units. Besides the new hatchback and the Note, Nissan will also produce the Qashqai replacement and the Leaf at the same UK facility.