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Nissan Announces New Vehicle For
LONDON - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.,
announced that it will source an innovative all-new compact car
from its Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom (UK), starting
in 2010. Building on the success of the Qashqai, the all-new
product will reinforce Sunderland’s role as manufacturer and
exporter of high-value products.
The decision was announced
following a visit today by the British Prime Minister, the Right
Honorable Gordon Brown, to Nissan’s European Design Centre in
central London where he met Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO,
Nissan Motor Co.
The Prime Minister said, "Nissan
is a global manufacturer with strong roots in Britain and I'm
pleased to welcome Nissan's new investment in the UK. Today's
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.
"Sunderland's success shows what
an innovative, talented and highly committed workforce can
achieve, and reaffirms the UK's position as a strong player in
the global car industry," he added.
Carlos Ghosn said, “By delivering
on tough commitments, our employees at Sunderland have
demonstrated our plant can be a globally competitive centre for
the production of high-value products. We are encouraged by the
proactive support shown by the British government to decide new
products for the Sunderland plant.”
The all-new vehicle will be an
addition to the current Nissan range and for the Sunderland
plant, and it will take up the manufacturing capacity created
when production of the current version of the Micra ends in
Next generation Micra
Nissan will compete in the entry-car
market with a dedicated new A platform that will be used for at least
three models, including the next generation of Micra, and will be built
in five Leading Competitive Countries (LCCs).
Production sites for this family of
compact cars will include the new plant in Chennai, India, being
constructed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance. The development of a
competitive A platform is one of several business breakthroughs
announced as part of Nissan GT 2012, the company’s new five-year
The Nissan plant in Sunderland produced a
record 374,000 vehicles in fiscal year 2007. Nissan is the largest
vehicle exporter from the UK, with around 80% of production sold outside
of the country. Together with the engine assembly plant and other
facilities, Sunderland currently employs 4,700 workers.
(June 03, 2008)