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Nissan refuse to be drawn on Brexit speculation

The new Nissan Qashqai Credit: Nissan

Ryan Gains, Chief Marketing Officer for Nissan Europe couldn't be drawn on speculation surrounding Brexit as he was questioned by ITV Tyne Tees at the Geneva Motor Show.

He did say the new Qashqai will 'propel the plant into the future' and is a car that 'the workforce should be proud of'.

Mr Gains went on to say the Sunderland plant was a 'record breaker' with the new Qashqai accounting for 300,000 units to be made on Wearside.

It was last October that Nissan announced they'd be making the next generation X-Trail and Qashqai at the Sunderland plant - securing thousands of jobs.

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EU in contact with UK authorities over Nissan deal

The European Commission says it is in contact with UK authorities after Nissan confirmed the 'support and assurances of the UK government' made it possible to commit to the two new models at their Wearside plant.

Nissan. Credit: PA

Ministers have been under pressure to reveal the terms of its agreement with the Japanese car giant.

The Government has strongly denied suggestions it offered the firm a "sweetheart deal".

A spokesperson for the European Commission said:

We have seen press reports regarding this issue.. As a result, the Commission at services level is in contact with the UK authorities. Such exchanges of information are common.

In this specific case, the UK authorities have not notified any support to Nissan for assessment under EU state aid rules. We have not taken any formal views on the matter.

– European Commission spokesperson
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