Nissan's Senior Vice-President for Europe, Colin Lawther, has said that Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai model at the Sunderland plant will provide job security for 7,000 people.
Nissan also announced that production of its X-trail model will be moved from Japan to Sunderland:
Well it's just absolutely fantastic news. As you know our executive committee in Japan yesterday decided that we would build the next generation Qashqai right here at the Sunderland planet and we'll actually attract production of X-Trail from Japan.
So it's fantastic news for the plant here in Sunderland, and it's fantastic news for the region.
In real terms, it means job security for 7000 people, and opens the door to building more cars than we've ever built in the past, which opens the door to a future increase in employment levels.
So fantastic news for all the people who work here and the people who'll work here in the future.
North-East MEP Jonathan Arnott has claimed that Nissan's decision to build the new Qashqai at their Sunderland plant is 'one in the eye' of Brexit critics.
Jonathan Arnott said:
I am absolutely delighted that these jobs have been secured and this is fantastic news not just for Nissan workers, but also for those working in jobs in the supply chain.
This is a real much needed boost to the local economy.
I wonder how long it will be before we hear the words 'despite Brexit' from those naysayers and doom-mongers who downplay every success and magnify every failure in an attempt to sabotage the will of the people and British prosperity.
They were not slow to try to weaponise Nissan in their fight against the referendum result and this is one in the eye for them. They ought to reflect upon the jeopardy in which they place British jobs when they do so.
This news is not just good news for the North East but the whole country as I have no doubt that the confidence shown by Nissan will be reflected by other companies.
The North East Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the announcement by Nissan saying that the workforce are 'world class'.
"Nissan’s decision to produce the next Qashqai at its Sunderland plant is a welcome one which underlines the strength of the automotive
industry here in the North East. The advanced manufacturing and automotive sector is a key pillar of the strategic economic plan
and is one we will continue to invest in. Nissan’s workforce & the wider supply chain are world class - this success is absolutely merited.”
Questions have been raised about just what assurances Nissan was offered after it was announced they will produce the next Qashqai and will add production of the next X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant.
It's seen as a boost for the North East following the Brexit result.
The company say 'the support and assurances of the U.K. government' made it possible to commit to the two new models at their Wearside plant.
ITV Tyne Tee's political correspondent says Nissan wanted assurances over compensation for any tariffs, access to the single market and freedom of movement for staff.
There are no further details on what the government has promised Nissan in the run up to this announcement.
Nissan wanted assurances over: -Compensation for tariffs -Single market access -Freedom of movement for staff What has the govt promised?
Fantastic announcement from Nissan that new Qashqai and X-Trail models will be built in Sunderland. Thoughts here: https://t.co/HhcY2tpSkK
I am delighted by the fantastic news that Nissan have decided to produce the next Qashqai and X-Trail models at its Sunderland plant, securing the future of more than 7,000 local jobs.
I pay tribute to the workforce, whose role in making the Sunderland plant amongst the most productive in Europe no doubt contributed to this welcome outcome.
Nissan have been clear that this decision follows the UK government's commitment to ensure that the Sunderland plant remains competitive, but have not indicated exactly what guarantees the Prime Minister has offered to protect the company from the impact of Britain's decision to leave the EU, and potentially the single market as well.
As I mentioned during Tuesday's Westminster Hall debate in Parliament, it is imperative that the government also offers protection to the small and medium sized businesses in the Nissan supply chain and the wider manufacturing sector in the north east and beyond.
The North-East England Chamber of Commerce have been giving their reaction to the news that two new Nissan models will be built in Sunderland:
MP's and local businesses have been reacting to the news that 7,000 jobs will be secured at the Wearside Nissan plant.Read the full story ›
Nissan has given a double boost to workers at its Sunderland factory, committing to build its next-generation Qashqai and add production of the new X-Trail model.
There had been concerns about the future of the car giant's plant in the North East after the UK leaves the European Union.
Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn went to Downing Street earlier this month for talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.
He said on Thursday:
"I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland.
"Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive
powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day."
“This is fantastic news for the UK economy, the people of the North East as well as the automotive industry and its supply chain.
“The UK automotive sector has had a remarkable year - exporting over a 1 million cars around the world and today’s announcement underlines the confidence in the sector. The fact Nissan have not only made a long-term commitment to build the next generation Qashqai and Xtrail at Sunderland, but decided to upgrade their factory to a super-plant, manufacturing over 600,000 cars a year, is proof of the strength of the sector.
“This is thanks to our highly-skilled workforce, long-term investment in new technology and innovation and the strong partnership between government and industry as we develop together our Industrial Strategy.”