Nissan has announced it will build its next-generation Juke crossover in the UK – pledging £100m in investment for its Sunderland plant.
The move will lead to thousands of jobs being created at its UK factory – as well as a knock-on effect within its supply chain.
Chancellor George Osborne welcomed the announcement: “It’s fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new car here in Sunderland and securing valuable jobs for thousands of working people in the area.
“Our ambitious plan to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area’s strengths – including manufacturing – and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production.”
The plant currently makes around 500,000 cars a year – with 80% of these being exported around the world.
The Nissan Juke kickstarted the booming small crossover market, and received a mid-life facelift last year.
We expect the new model will look similar to the current Juke – but it’ll be based on a new Renault-Nissan CMF-B platform.
This is also set to underpin the new Nissan Micra and Renault Clio, and will improve production efficiency and increase numbers.
Nissan Europe chairman, Paul Willcox, said: “With the next generation Juke now confirmed for future production, customers can be assured that Nissan is going to remain the benchmark in the crossover segment for many years to come.
“This announcement also gives security to our Sunderland plant beyond 2020, which the team has earned through many years of hard work and their ability to continually raise the bar on quality.”
According to industry trade body, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, UK car production has never been so successful.