Unite union national officer Tony Murphy welcomed today's announcement by Nissan as a "boost for skilled jobs and a lifeline for the local economy". He said the move was evidence that government intervention into industry can work:
"The success of the British car industry is proof that, with the right support and investment, UK manufacturing can flourish. Nissan's announcement is a testament to the UK's car-building capability and the skills of the Sunderland workforce.
"The Government has taken a step in the right direction. We hope this is a sign that the coalition is getting serious about supporting manufacturing."
A new model will roll off the production line at the largest car plant in the country. It will boost job prospects and the local economy.
Japanese car giant Nissan has delivered a huge boost to the economy by announcing plans to build a new model, creating 2,000 new jobs.