Production of new Nissan model to begin this month
Nissan is to build a new luxury model in Sunderland, creating new jobs with a £250 million investment.
Nissan recalls thousands of vehicles built in Sunderland after a Finnish journalist posted a video of a steering wheel coming loose.
James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, says companies like Nissan need to know whether the UK will remain in the EU.
The head of the Japanese car company, Carlos Ghosn, has claimed they would "reconsider" their position if the UK left the EU.
This would threaten jobs at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, which employs 6,500 people.
Neil Foster, Northern TUC, has said that the region's economy would be left shaken if Nissan left the UK. It comes after the chief executive of Nissan said he would reconsider the car maker's future in the UK if it left the European Union.
Fiona Hall, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North East, has given her reaction to the warning from Nissan about European Union membership.
Nissan's chief executive said he would 'reconsider' the company's future in the UK if it left the EU. The car manufacturer employs 6.500 people in the North East.
– Fiona Hall, Liberal Democrat MEP for the North East
"This is a stark warning about the catastrophic damage the North East economy would suffer if we were to pull out, and it is one we cannot afford to ignore.
"Nissan is not just 6,000 jobs on Wearside, it is many thousands more across the region.
"Their importance to the North East can hardly be overstated.
"Fortunately I think Mr Ghosn is right when he says an exit is unlikely, because the business case for staying in is overwhelming.
"But the uncertainty that has been created by politicians putting their self-interest ahead of the region's economic well-being is already jeopardising investment."
Nissan has released a statement after its chief executive said he would "reconsider" the car maker's future in the UK if it left the European Union.
– Nissan Statement
“As a global company we always want to ensure that our business has the opportunity to operate as freely as possible in markets around the world. The whole of Europe is a vital market to Nissan and we also recognise how important theUK market is and must remain, so we will support future policy decisions to continue to support that success.”
The new Qashqai model will be built at Nissan's Sunderland site, which employs 6,500 workers.
The head of Nissan has said he would "reconsider" the car maker's future in the UK if it left the European Union.
Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of the Japanese motoring company, says he will re-evaluate Nissan's position if the UK leaves the EU.
Speaking at the launch of Nissan's new Qashqai model, he said: "If anything has to change we (would) need to reconsider our strategy and our investments for the future."
He added that an exit is unlikely.
The new Qashqai will be built at Nissan's Sunderland site, which employs 6,500 workers.
400 new jobs will be created at the Nissan factory in Washington, Sunderland.
The company are introducing a third shift to cope with demand for its newly-designed Note - which is began building last month.
Car company Nissan have applied for planning permission to expand its Washington plant.
The car giant has applied for permission to build an extra 25,000 sq feet of floorspace, mainly to allow extension of its body shop, trim and chassis section.
The company said it the application was too early to comment on.
– Nissan Motor GB spokesman
Over time, the nut that holds on the steering wheel can become loose.
Drivers could start notice some wobbling of the wheel and if this is ignored there is the possibility that it could come completely off.
There have been a few incidents of steering wheels becoming loose, but there have been no accidents.
Nissan is recalling thousands of cars in the UK due to a potential steering wheel problem.
The recall affects 133,869 Nissan Micras made between December 2002 and May 2006 and is part of a worldwide recall of 841,000 Micras.
Nissan is recalling 138 thousand cars made at its Sunderland plant as a result of a steering wheel glitch.
They include models of the Micra made between December 2002 and May 2006.
The company says there is no danger of sudden failure and customers affected will be contacted.