Trail Production Plans Cancelled By Nissan

Clark said 740 new jobs were due to be created by the X-Trail investment but none of the existing workforce would be hit by the decision to pull the model, which will exclusively be built in Japan.

The alarm has been sounded before and since the referendum by Labour MPs in Sunderland, whose constituents work at a plant that has grown to employ nearly 8,000 people and 30,000 more in the supply chain.

Nissan had pledged to manufacture the new SUV model in the United Kingdom four months after the referendum - a move seen as a major vote of confidence in the country's manufacturing outside the EU.

Even on Sunday, when Nissan itself explained that Brexit uncertainty was a factor in its decision to build the new SUV in Japan, airtime was still given to Brexit campaigners denying this.

Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott said "the downturn in the diesel market is what is being blamed" for the decision.

Investment in the industry fell 46 percent a year ago and new auto production dropped 9.1 percent to 1.52 million vehicles, in part because of concerns over Brexit, the motor manufacturers said.

Sunderland Central Labour MP Julie Elliott said Nissan is yet to officially announce the move, but that the "inevitable role" Brexit has played can not be denied.

The main factor in the decision is apparently the changing environment for vehicle manufacturers in Europe in the past few years, particularly relating to emissions regulations.


Nissan Europe chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said: "Nissan is investing heavily in new technologies and powertrains for the next generation of vehicles in our Sunderland plant".

Unite's acting national officer for the automotive sector Steve Bush said he now wanted Nissan to work with their employees regarding the future. Sales of new cars with gasoline or diesel engines will be banned in the United Kingdom and France by around 2040.

The company said planned investment in the next-generation Juke and Qashqai, also announced in 2016, was unaffected.

Other models built at the Sunderland plant include the Qashqai, Juke, Q30, Note and the zero-emission electric Leaf.

"You can't blame Brexit for everything", said Ms Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio this morning.

Sky said the announcement due on Monday was not expected to lead to immediate job losses at the Sunderland plant, as the X-Trail is not now made there, but would raise doubts about further Nissan investment in Britain.

Nissan's announcement comes a week after Jaguar Land Rover said it plans on cutting its global workforce by 4,500.

They have reiterated today their commitment to the United Kingdom by continuing to manufacture in Sunderland the current Qashqai, Leaf and Juke models and the new Qashqai model from 2020. The X-Trail production plans had been announced in the autumn of 2016.


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