Nissan announced it will manufacture a compact model of the Infiniti brand at its Sunderland plant, north of England beginning 2015.
“This investment is excellent news for the north east and another vote of confidence for UK manufacturing,” Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron said. “The continued success of Nissan in the UK demonstrates the strength of the car industry here, and its importance, as we rebalance and grow the economy.”
The automaker announced that this project will create 1,000 new jobs in the country, among which 280 positions at the plant. The Sunderland facility will be able to manufacture 60,000 Infiniti models annually. Nissan said it invested about 250 million pounds ($407 million) in this project, which will replace production of a new midsize hatchback model previously announced by the company, to be produced elsewhere. With more than half a million vehicles to be produced this year, the Sunderland plant is the first UK manufacturer to achieve this milestone.
“The continued success of Nissan in the UK demonstrates the strength of the car industry here, and its k, commitment to UK manufacturing and the ongoing success of the plant,” Colin Dodge, Nissan’s executive vice-president and chief performance officer, said in a statement.