The production version of the Nissan Invitation concept car will be built in Sunderland
6 March 2012

The production version of the Nissan Invitation concept car will be built at the company’s Sunderland plant. The announcement was made as the doors opened to the Geneva motor show.

The B-segment car will be launched at the plant next year and will be the product of a £125m investment by Nissan. The UK Government Regional Growth Fund has provided a £9.3m offer of support. The move is expected to create around 2000 new jobs, both at Nissan and the supply chain.

The model will be built alongside the Nissan Juke and will compete within the core mainstream B-segment. Andy Palmer, Executive Vice President Nissan said: "The aim is to 100% pitch it at the Fiesta. I absolutely mean that, and I've been nigh-on fanatical about the ride and handling development not just in Europe, but specifically in the UK. It's been tested extensively out of Cranfield and I believe hand on heart it is a credible Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta rival."

Nissan expects the new model to have an annual market of around 100,000 units initially. The move cements Sunderland’s position as the largest car plant in the UK. In 2011, it produced more than 480,000 units.

Trevor Mann, Nissan Senior Vice President for Manufacturing in Europe, said: "I’m delighted that Sunderland has secured what will be another very important model for Nissan in Europe. It is a testament to the workforce, the ongoing support from the UK Government and all of our regional partners and suppliers."

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6 March 2012

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The model will be built alongside the Nissan Juke/b> and will compete within the core mainstream B-segment, rivaling the Ford Fiesta

and Vauxhall Corsa. It is likely to represent a more upmarket alternative to the Micra.


I was always under the impression that this was supposed to be a replacement for the mini MPV Note?



It's all about the twisties........

6 March 2012

Like the car, but looks a bit like a Honda Jazz with a bodykit

Creation of 2000 job is good, but only 400 at Nissan- they reckon for every one job at Nissan, it creates 4 jobs at outside suppliers- really??

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