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Sunderland plant wins next-gen Qashqai project

Speaking to press outside Downing Street with Prime Minister David Cameron, Nissan CEO, Carlos Ghosn, has announced that workers in Britain will design, engineer and build the next version of the best-selling Nissan Qashqai.

The new Qashqai project will safeguard 6,000 jobs, both direct and indirect through the UK supply chain. It represents a major endorsement of the quality and calibre of British-made products.

The new Qashqai represents a £192 million investment in Britain and is being funded entirely by Nissan. It will build on the success of the current Qashqai which is the highest-volume car produced in the UK with export levels of around 80 per cent.

The first stage of development will see the new version of the pioneering crossover styled at Nissan’s European Design Centre in Paddington, London. Once the design is finalised, engineers from the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedfordshire will take hold of the project. The completed car will be built in the company’s Sunderland manufacturing facility.

Making the announcement outside Ghosn said: “The UK has been a cornerstone of Nissan manufacturing since 1986, with the Sunderland plant setting important benchmarks for quality and efficiency in Europe and around the world. It's the home of the Qashqai, one of Nissan's biggest product successes. And as Nissan's leadership in sustainable transportation grows, the plant will become one of the pillars of our zero-emission manufacturing."

Nissan’s Sunderland plant will produce its one millionth Qashqai later this month and more than 80% of current production is exported to 97 markets worldwide.

In addition, Nissan is also investing £420m in Sunderland plant for the production of the 100% electric Nissan LEAF from 2013 and in a new stand-alone facility to make lithium-ion batteries for both Renault and Nissan vehicles from 2012.

14 June 2011


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