Nissan set to begin production of new Juke car in Sunderland

Nissan set to begin production of new Juke car in Sunderland
Nissan set to begin production of new Juke car in Sunderland

Production of a new model of the Nissan Juke will being in the UK next week following a £100m investment at its Sunderland plant, the Japanese car giant has revealed.

European chairman Gianluca de Ficchy confirmed the move this morning on a visit to the plant, where unions revealed last night hat night shifts were ending.

Nissan said last week that plans to build the Qashqai on Wearside had not changed following speculation that it could change its mind if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. It said it is still waiting for clarity about what the future trading relationship between the EU and UK would look like.

UK design focuses on European markets

Nissan's Sunderland plant supports more than 35,000 jobs in the UK (Photo: Nissan/PA Wire)
Nissan’s Sunderland plant supports more than 35,000 jobs in the UK (Photo: Nissan/PA Wire)

The new Juke has been designed and manufactured in the UK, aimed specifically at European markets, with two-thirds of its components coming from the EU and 70 per cent of production destined for the Continent.

Mr de Ficchy said: “The new Juke represents a further £100m investment in our Sunderland plant and is designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK for European customers.

“Thirty-five years ago Nissan decided to create a plant in the UK to serve our European markets. Ten million vehicles later, Sunderland is the biggest UK car plant in history and the all-new Juke is the most connected Nissan car.

“With more than 35,000 jobs supported by Nissan in the UK, I would like to thank our experienced and skilled teams in Paddington, Cranfield and Sunderland, and our wider supply base, for their efforts in bringing this all-new model to life.”

Tough times for car sales

Nissan is committing to the Sunderland plant at a time when cars sales are suffering in the face of economic uncertainty.

Car sales in September, the industry’s second most important month, increased by 1.3 per cent from a year earlier, well below the double-digit growth hoped for. In the first nine months of the year, car sales fell 2.5 per cent to 1.86m, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders reported.