Nissan To Build New Hatchback In UK

Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK enjoys a worldwide reputation for efficiency and quality. So it’s great that Nissan is about to start building a new hatchback there.

oday Nissan, and UK Prime Minister David Cameron, announced an all-new midsized model will be produced in Sunderland Plant, UK in 2014.It follows the announcement at last month’s Geneva Motor Show that Sunderland will also produce a mainstream B-segment compact car based on the INVITATION concept from next year. The new medium hatchback announced today will create an additional 225 jobs at Nissan and 900 at component companies supplying Nissan in the UK.

The car in question is the production version of the Invitation concept revealed earlier in the year as a show car. It will replace the Tida in some markets.


Nissan press release:

It was confirmed that the new hatchback, which will be named closer to its sales launch, marks Nissan’s return to the mainstream medium segment in Europe and will play a major role in the company’s continued expansion under the ambitious ‘Nissan Power 88’ mid-term plan.

Production capacity for the new model will be around 80,000 units triggering the need for Sunderland Plant to implement an additional shift. This will see both production lines operating ‘around the clock’ for the first time in the plant’s 26-year history, a move which will take manufacturing capacity beyond 550,000 units.

The announcement also consolidates Sunderland Plant’s position as the UK’s largest car manufacturer, a title it has held since 1998.

In 2010 Sunderland became the first and only UK car plant to produce more than 400,000 units in a single year when 423,000 Qashqais, Notes and Jukes rolled off the line. This was smashed last year when 480,000 cars were produced. Now the plant is preparing to pass the half million mark for the first time.

As well as having a significant impact in volume terms, the new hatch represents an additional £127 Mn investment by Nissan in its Sunderland operation and, crucially, is supported by an offer of £8.2 Mn Regional Growth Fund from the UK Government.

This marks an unprecedented period of investment in Sunderland Plant in recent years totaling £921 Mn – more than a quarter of overall investment in the plant.

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