Nissan has announced plans to build a new car to rival the Ford Focus

Nissan has announced plans to build a new car to rival the Ford Focus. The new model will be produced at its Sunderland plant, creating 1125 UK jobs.

The new, and as yet, unnamed model and a B-segment car - rumoured to a replacement for the Nissan Note - based on the Invitation concept shown at this year’s Geneva motor show will be built along side the Qashqai, Qashqai+2, Leaf and Juke. Combined, the two new models will generate more than 3000 UK jobs at Nissan and its supply base within the next two years.

Nissan is investing £127millon in its Sunderland plant - supported by a £8.2 million government grant - and plans to manufacture a 550,000 cars per year. The addition of the new car will see both production lines working around the clock for the first time in the plants 26-year history.

Speaking from Yokohama this morning, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said: “It is fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new hatchback model in the UK. It's proof of the strength and vitality of the British manufacturing industry that leading companies like Nissan are expanding their production in the UK.”

Details including the name, pricing, engine line-up and equipment levels will be released closer to the car’s sales launch in 2014. The new hatchback marks Nissan’s return to the mainstream C-segment in Europe after the Almera ended production in 2006.

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10 April 2012

Almost guaranteed to flop, especially if it looks anything like the Tida.

I have often wondered why Nissan don't offer a Qashcow with normal ride height and no cladding. That would make sense.

10 April 2012

Good on Nissan. Its great that, unlike Ford who like to pretend they are British, Nissan actually walk the walk and manufacture here.

10 April 2012

From what I can see it is effectively the Leaf without the electric drive train.

Not a bad car, not as ungainly as the Tiida.

Good to see Nissan building proper family cars again.

10 April 2012

[quote Buzz Cagney]

Good on Nissan. Its great that, unlike Ford who like to pretend they are British, Nissan actually walk the walk and manufacture here.[/quote]

Ford employ something like 6,000 people in Dagenham and Bridgend who manufacture engines don't they.

10 April 2012

Already lots of assumptions that the new car will either be like a Tiida or a non-electric Leaf. Have Nissan said it'll be either of those things? No. Let's just hope they do something a bit different, something that will complement the Note replacement and combine some Juke/Qashqai-like elements - most importantly, design that dares to be a little different, or at least dynamic and confident. None of these things can be said about the Tiida or the current Micra. But if the fact that it's built in Britain is anything to go buy, it should look pretty okay! Good on Nissan for securing these jobs - quite possibly putting the people in control of GM to shame with their handling of Vauxhall Ellesmere Port.

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

10 April 2012

Looks like a big improvement on the Almera. I hope it does well and I'm glad it's being built in the UK.

10 April 2012

[quote Fidji]Looks like a big improvement on the Almera[/quote]

You do realise that the picture shown is not the Almera replacement? The pic is of the Note replacement. As yet no-one knows what the new C segment car looks like.

Personally I would like something like the Qashcow with a normal ride height and no cladding. Hoping it isn't a Leaf with a grille and a fuel powered. Praying it doesn't resemble the Tiida or even Almera in any way, and gratefull to Nissan for making all these products in Britain.

I wonder wether Nissan will, like renault, introduce a replacement for the Primera?

10 April 2012

[quote PRODIGY]You do realise that the picture shown is not the Almera replacement?[/quote]

Yes, but the Almera was Nissan's last Focus rival.

10 April 2012

[quote Mini1]Already lots of assumptions that the new car will either be like a Tiida or a non-electric Leaf. Have Nissan said it'll be either of those things? No. Let's just hope they do something a bit different, something that will complement the Note replacement and combine some Juke/Qashqai-like elements - most importantly, design that dares to be a little different, or at least dynamic and confident. None of these things can be said about the Tiida or the current Micra. But if the fact that it's built in Britain is anything to go buy, it should look pretty okay! Good on Nissan for securing these jobs - quite possibly putting the people in control of GM to shame with their handling of Vauxhall Ellesmere Port.[/quote]

+1!

Great news for Nissan and also the North East.

I really like the look of the Invitation concept. I love the Juke but the other half hates it...however we both like the Invitation, lets hope it doesn't get watered down too much from the concept.

I too hope the new Focus rival is nothing like the Almera, i'm sure Nissan do too!

10 April 2012

[quote Fidji]

[quote PRODIGY]You do realise that the picture shown is not the Almera replacement?[/quote]

Yes, but the Almera was Nissan's last Focus rival

[/quote]

Yes, but how do you know it's a big improvement when you haven't seen it yet? No one has seen it. It could look like a Ssangyong Rodius!

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