Sunderland plant wins new model to take over from MicraNissan has announced plans to build an all-new small car at its Sunderland plant, starting in 2010. The news came as Prime Minister Gordon Brown toured the north-eastern plant yesterday.

Brown said: ‘the announcement that a brand new car is to be designed and built in the UK is another important boost to our manufacturing industry, and builds upon Nissan’s recent commitments to increase investment and jobs at its record-breaking Sunderland plant.’

Nissan is Britain’s biggest car exporter, building the Micra hatchback and coupe-cabriolet, plus the Qashqai and the Note. The new cars will take over when the Micra reaches the end of its production life in two years’ time. Details of the new models remain sketchy – literally. The vague drawing you see here is the only one Nissan has as yet released. But it is understood that a range of three small cars is planned rather than a straight, single-model replacement for the company’s supermini.

Nissan last year built a record 374,000 cars and vans in Sunderland, and 4 of 5 were exported. The company employs 4700 staff there.

Stephen Jury


June 3, 2008

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