Nissan to build new Invitation at UK plant
CBI director-general hails ‘brilliant news’ as new model set to bring 2,000 jobs to Sunderland plant and local area
'This is brilliant news for jobs in the north-east and a real boost for business investment in the UK'- John Cridland
Nissan will build its new model – the compact Invitation car – at its Sunderland plant, creating a total of 2,000 jobs.
Production of the Invitation, above, which follows a £125m Nissan investment, will generate 400 jobs at the plant itself and a further 1,600 posts in the local area, the manufacturer estimates.
The CBI director-general, John Cridland, welcomed the news– expected to be formally announced today at the Geneva Motor Show.
“This is brilliant news for jobs in the north-east and a real boost for business investment in the UK,” Mr Cridland said.
“The Nissan Sunderland journey is a remarkable story demonstrating British manufacturing capabilities at their best – excellent training, a committed skilled workforce and brilliant determined leadership.”
The Invitation, production of which will start next year, has been supported by a £9.3m government grant. Businesses secretary Vince Cable echoed Mr Cridland, saying that the news was “a really great announcement”.
Mr Cable added: “It is very positive, but you can’t see this in isolation because the other big car companies have also made major commitments to the UK.
“Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and BMW Mini are all putting in more money and bringing back supply chain.”
Trevor Mann, the Nissan senior vice-president for Manufacturing in Europe, said: "This plant has a 20-year heritage in producing successful compact cars stretching back to the first Micra rolling off the line in 1992.
"I'm delighted that Sunderland has secured what will be another very important model for Nissan in Europe. It is a testament to the workforce, the ongoing support from the UK Government and all of our regional partners and suppliers.
"The additional volume will maintain Sunderland as the country's largest car plant and we expect and look forward to a very busy future."
When work on the Invitation begins, the Sunderland factory – which currently produces the Qashqai, Juke and Note - will be staffed by a workforce of 6,000.