– Business Secretary Vince Cable
Today's news is a strong endorsement of the quality of Britain's car industry which is creating jobs, taking on apprentices and contributing to building a stronger economy.
The auto sector is living up to being one of the great success stories of our industrial strategy and a testimony to government and private sector working together in close partnership.
– Prime Minister David Cameron
This investment is excellent news for the North East and another vote of confidence for UK manufacturing.
The continued success of Nissan in the UK demonstrates the strength of the car industry here, and its importance as we rebalance and grow the economy.
This announcement shows how the car industry in partnership with the Government continues to win important long term investment projects in a tough competitive sector, helping the UK to get ahead in the global race.
- Production started at Nissan Sunderland Plant in September 1986.
- Total investment made and announced since then is over £3.5bn and total plant volume stands at more than 6.9 million units.
- 80 per cent of production is exported to 97 international markets.
- Its current model line-up is Qashqai, Qashqai+2, Juke and Note.
- Forthcoming production at the plant includes the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, the new Nissan Note and the next-generation Nissan Qashqai.
– Colin Dodge, Nissan's executive vice-president and chief performance officer
This milestone, our first premium product to be manufactured at Sunderland, reconfirms our commitment to UK manufacturing and the ongoing success of the plant which is moving up the value chain.
Just as important, the new Infiniti, which will be exported around the world, is being developed with help from our London design centre and our European Technical Centre.
Nissan's £250m investment will create a further 720 jobs in the UK supply chain, raising the new jobs total to 1,000.
The new model will be developed with help from Nissan's design centre in London and technical centre in Cranfield and then exported around the world, the firm said.
Around 280 of the new jobs will be in Sunderland, with the rest in other sites across the country.
The North East plant will build more than half a million cars this year, the first UK manufacturer to achieve this milestone.
Car giant Nissan is to build a new luxury model in the UK, creating 1,000 jobs with a £250 million investment.
The new global model will be manufactured at the Japanese firm's plant in Sunderland, which employs 6,000 workers.
The car, built under Nissan's Infinity premium brand, is set to be produced from 2015.
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