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Vince Cable on Nissan success

Business Secretary Vince Cable has commented on the success of Nissan's Sunderland plant saying he welcomes their contribution to the economy.

"The British car industry is thriving - car exports last year brought in #30 billion for our economy - and I welcome Nissan's contribution in delivering this success.

"We want to build on this. That is why we are working together with business to give companies like Nissan the confidence to invest, delivering skilled jobs, driving growth and building a stronger economy."

– Business Secretary Vince Cable


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New Qashqai due from Sunderland Nissan plant

Sunderland workers seen assembling the Qashqai. Credit: PA

A new Nissan model will come off the production line today, which has helped create 500 new jobs at the Japanese car giant's UK plant in the coming months.

The second generation Qashqai will be built in Sunderland, where the workforce is set to increase to over 7,000 for the first time.

Around 286,000 Qashqai cars were built last year, with production numbers expected to be similar in 2014.

The car is Nissan's best-selling model in Europe.

Carmaker to use quayside as showroom

Qashqai car outside the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Credit: Nissan

Sunderland carmaker Nissan is to showcase its latest creation at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and along the Gateshead and Newcastle quayside.

The 'Qashqai' will be the subject of films and displays at the art centre starting this Saturday, January 18th, for 4 days.

Visitors will be able to see early designs of the new car and the Qashqai itself before the official vehicle launch on January 22nd.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated and there will be Nissan staff on hand to answer any questions about all aspects of the company.

Nissan's Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick says:

"Nissan has created the next generation Crossover by redesigning Qashqai from the ground-up. We think it's fitting to celebrate that design in one of Europe's leading modern art galleries."

"The event will showcase the role of our design and technical centres in developing this innovative new model, as we move into full production at our Sunderland plant."

"At the same time we would like to invite anyone interested in working for Nissan to meet with members of our team, and give customers the chance to buy their next Nissan."

New Nissan 'Car of the Year'

The new generation Qashqai went into production at the Sunderland plant late last year. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The Qashqai is the most popular model ever made at the Nissan plant Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
286,000 of the cars were made in Sunderland in 2013 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
In October the Sunderland plant broke the 50,000 production barrier for the first time Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Sunderland-built Qashqai is Car of the Year

The Nissan Qashqai Credit: PA

The Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai has been named Car of the Year for 2014 by What Car? The model was also named best small sports utility vehicle. The results were announced at a ceremony in London.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett praised Nissan for thinking "of every last detail".

The Qashqai was the sixth best-selling car in the UK in 2013, with sales passing 50,000.

Full report: Secret papers reveal Thatcher's mixed North East legacy

The row over Margaret Thatcher's legacy in the North East was reignited today after it emerged that she had secretly planned to close 75 coal mines, while saying in public that only 20 would go.

The cabinet documents show that the Government intended to close half of all the North East's pits within three years, making tens of thousands of people redundant. The archives also show that she played a pivotal role in bringing 6,000 Nissan jobs to Wearside. Dan Ashby reports.

Labour MP critical of Thatcher after files released

Two key industries of the North East play headline roles in confidential correspondence and cabinet papers that have been made public from Margaret Thatcher's time in office.

The records show that the then-Prime Minister guaranteed tax breaks for Nissan in return for their investment. However, the papers also reveal a plan to shut 75 coal mines over three years in the 1980s. At the time, the Government and the National Coal Board said they only wanted to close 20.

Ian Lavery, the Labour MP for Wansbeck, gave his reaction to ITV News Tyne Tees.

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