Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:30 AM
A new mid-sized car will be produced at the Japanese automaker's plant in Sunderland as of 2014. This announcement follows the Geneva Motor Show announcement that the Sunderland plant will also produce a B-segment production car based on the Invitation concept car as of next year.
Details on the new mid-sized car are currently sketchy but Nissan has confirmed that it will be a hatchback body type and it will mean 225 new jobs at the plant and around 900 more at the component companies that supply Nissan's UK operations. Nissan is currently on a recruiting drive to ensure there are enough bodies to make both models.
More info about the new hatchback including pricing, engines and equipment levels will be released closer to the time the car will go on sale.
Production capacity for the new model will be at around 80,000 units - this means there'll be an additional shift added to the Sunderland plant and both production lines will operate around the clock for the first time in the plant's history.
Overall manufacturing capacity will be more than 550,000 units - this could be another record for the plant. In 2010, Sunderland became the first and only UK car plant to produce more than 400,000 units in a year when 423,000 Qashqais, Notes and Jukes were built. Then this record was broken last year when 480,000 cars were produced.
If you're job-hunting, there are roles immediately available in the fields of engineering, maintenance and production supervisor positions. Find out more at: www.careersatnissan.co.uk
By Georgia Lewis
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