The UK Government is to deliver a ‘Regional Selective Assistance’ package of £5 million to help secure the production of a new model at Nissan’s auto plant in Sunderland, safeguarding 1,000 automotive jobs into the bargain.
The grant supports the development and manufacture of a new compact-crossover vehicle, the P32L, and has enabled Sunderland to win the work in the face of stiff competition from Nissan facilities in France.
320,000 cars were produced at the plant in 2004, of which 79.5% were exported. The plant currently produces the Almeria, Primera and Micra models.
Over the past 20 years Nissan has created 4,500 jobs at the Wearside plant and helped create a further 7,000 jobs in the wider North East of England supply chain.
In total, Nissan has received a total of £178 million of Regional Selective Assistance from the UK Government.