JAPANESE car manufacturer Nissan announced that it will invest a further £100 million in its UK factory in order to build the new Juke model.
This investment will not only safeguard over 6,000 jobs at the Sunderland factory, which produces the current Juke, Qashqai, Note and electric Leaf models but should also secure some 27,000 jobs in suppliers businesses.
Chancellor George Osborne welcomed the ‘fantastic news’ that was ‘an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production’.
Nissan has indicated that this is already the biggest car plant within the UK having manufactured 500,000 cars in 2014.
The Unite union which represents workers at the Nissan plant welcomed the decision especially as the new production could have been placed with one of Nissan´s many factories outside of the UK.
Nissan Europe chairman Paul Wilcox told the BBC the plant was “probably the most productive in Europe and, I’d argue, globally”.
He added that although demand in Russia and China was slowing, the car market in Western Europe was “very good and improving, and the market in the UK is very, very good”.