Nissan's car plant in Sunderland will still get a £20m grant promised by the Labour government
10 June 2010

Prime minister David Cameron has confirmed Nissan's car plant in Sunderland will still get a £20 million grant promised by the Labour government.

There had been fears the money, which had been promised as part of an effort to secure a contract for the Nissan Leaf to be built in Sunderland, could be pulled as part of a review into public spending.

"That money will be going ahead, that investment will be going in," Conservative leader Cameron told parliament.

Last week, Cameron had said he wanted electric cars to be built in Britain but wouldn't confirm if the Nissan grant would stand.

Nissan Leaf production will begin in Sunderland in 2013.

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10 June 2010

So we're paying Nissan to build the Leaf in Sunderland? Don't suppose there was any chance of them deciding to build it there purely on merit? Why do we always have to go cap in hand to these manufacturers?

10 June 2010

possibly because they could get a cheaper factory and staff in china or india.

10 June 2010

Look around at what's happening in the Honda factories in China. That Asia advantage isn't going to last much longer. Our Govt should be taking a longer-term view and playing hardball a bit better.

10 June 2010

The competition isn't India, or China - it's Japan, and also Renault plants which will make electric cars. Nissan is already building the Leaf in Japan - the cost comparison they will be doing is whether the increase the Japan volume and ship to Europe, or double up on tooling and investment and build locally. There could be as little as 20 million difference on a project cost of hundreds of millions. The government knows that securing the project will pay back many times over in investment and ongoing wages. They're not as stupid as they look.

10 June 2010

[quote tonym911]we're paying Nissan to build the Leaf in Sunderland? Don't suppose there was any chance of them deciding to build it there purely on merit? Why do we always have to go cap in hand to these manufacturers[/quote]

Whats even worse, and if the reporting at the time was accurate, Nissan planned to build the Leaf in the UK (and co-install charging points) if it was selected as the car for the London Olympics, instead we gave it to BMW.

Go figure

10 June 2010

I take on board Reasonable's earlier point but I still can't get away from the general suspicion that the UK Govt is being mugged/suckered by the car industry. That electric MINI project was another example IMO.

10 June 2010

Not to mention the £270m of loan guarantees our Govt has just granted to General Motors Europe to secure the future of Vauxhall plants in the UK, against the background of the German Govt telling GM to bugger right off when they similarly asked for dosh for their German factories. Who's doing our negotiating?

10 June 2010

[quote SCN_Saul]

[quote tonym911]we're paying Nissan to build the Leaf in Sunderland? Don't suppose there was any chance of them deciding to build it there purely on merit? Why do we always have to go cap in hand to these manufacturers[/quote]

Whats even worse, and if the reporting at the time was accurate, Nissan planned to build the Leaf in the UK (and co-install charging points) if it was selected as the car for the London Olympics, instead we gave it to BMW.

Go figure

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Boris' reasoning for that was that the latest, most economical BMWs worked out cheaper and greener than any electric cars doing the rounds...

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