The Japanese carmaker has announced its intention to retain the build of the Qashqai crossover in the United Kingdom after the company received “support and assurances” from the loca government.
Nissan has even went on to announce the addition of another vehicle to the Sunderland plant – the biggest in Great Britain – the move of the next generation X-Trail SUV from its current location in Japan. The future of the manufacturing facility in Sunderland, in the northeast of England, was hanging in balance following the country’s decision to exit the European Union. Not long ago, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn announced the reduction of investments in the country if compensation for losses resulting from Brexit was not offered.
“I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland. Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day. The support and assurances of the U.K. government enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland. I welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy,” said the top manager in a statement. The Sunderland plant is the top manufacturer of cars in the UK, with current production of cars at about half a million units per year, with 80 percent exports – mainly to European Union countries.