Nissan is to build an all-new mid-sized model at its Sunderland plant from 2014, a decision that marks a return to the European mainstream medium segment for the company.
According to Nissan, the new medium hatchback will create an additional 225 jobs at the company and 900 throughout its supply chain.
At last month’s Geneva Motor Show Nissan announced that it is to produce a mainstream B-segment compact car based on the INVITATION concept from next year.
Combined, both models will result in more than 3,000 new jobs being created in the UK automotive sector within the next two years, with 625 at Nissan and the remainder through component suppliers.
Once recruitment for both models is complete, the Sunderland plant workforce will stand at 6,225, supporting an overall annual plant volume of more than half a million units.
Today’s announcement, supported by an offer of £8.2m from the Regional Growth Fund, represents an additional £127m investment by Nissan in its Sunderland operation.
Details regarding Nissan’s recruitment campaign can be found here.