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Nissan to up Sunderland production by a fifth

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Nissan is to increase production at its Sunderland site to help cut the costs of Brexit, it's being reported.

Car production could be increased in the region by 20 per cent - to 600,000 vehicles per year.

According to the Nikkei Asian Review, the Japanese car giant will also look to relocate more parts suppliers closer to the site - doubling the proportion of parts produced locally from 40 to 80 per cent.

The investment in the Sunderland plant could be worth up to £14 million, it was reported.

It's to help cut the risk of higher importing and exporting costs if the UK loses access to the single European market during Brexit negotiations.