Japanese car maker says it doesn't comment on rumours following Sky News claims

Nissan is evaluating plans to cut back production line shifts at its Sunderland plant, which could threaten 400 jobs, according to reports.

The Japanese car maker is considering cutting the number of shifts on the production line that makes the Qashqai and X-Trail SUVs from three to two, Sky News says.

Nissan recently reversed plans to build the next-generation X-Trail at Sunderland, citing the decline in demand for diesel as the key factor - while acknowledging uncertainty over Brexit raised questions over long-term investment in the plant. It is still planning to make the next-generation Juke and Qashqai SUVs there.

A Nissan spokesperson said: “We don’t comment on rumour or speculation.”

Sky News was first to break the news of Nissan’s decision not to build the next X-Trail in Sunderland.

The reports create more uncertainty for the UK car industry, following soon after Honda announced it would shut its Swindon plant. It comes as bosses of both BMW and Toyota have again said they would be forced to consider moving production out of the country in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

BMW board member Peter Schwarzenbauer told Sky the firm could move Mini production abroad in a “worst case” no-deal scenario. He said: “For Mini, this is a real danger.”

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5 March 2019

Brexit is ruining the country. Moving Mini abroad would be catestrophic, they've moved abroad enough already.

5 March 2019
JMax18 wrote:

Brexit is ruining the country. Moving Mini abroad would be catestrophic, they've moved abroad enough already.

Where does it mention Mini in the text sorry?? Money will flood back into the car production market after Brexit. It would be good to see the traditional british cars back onto the UK roads as we could do with some. Also with robots and automation, surely it would a waste of money for production plants to move all their machines abroad. just saying JMax18

6 March 2019

Don't BMW Mini already produce in the Netherlands?

Ford and Nissan moving to Spain under no-deal?

 

5 March 2019

Don’t worry JMax Bexiteers will be on shortly to blame weather conditions in the Oxford area or some such nonsense as a reason why yet another car maker is now threatening to leave the UK. And this time the iconic Mini.

 

5 March 2019

God, you two are gullible. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BREXIT!! It is due to a sharp downturn in car purchases. Nissan sales in the UK were down 35% last year. 35%!!

6 March 2019

I'm not talking about the automotive market here, although that is a crucial factor, I'm talking about manufacturers leaving the UK.

Ford and Honda are leaving the UK because of B-----.

The reason car sales are down in the UK is B-----.

6 March 2019

80% of Sunderland's production goes to the EU.  As such Brisitsh sales are a small piece of a total number.

5 March 2019

"European investors are taking major bets on the UK economy, more than doubling investment in Britain over the past three years.  Uncertainty around Brexit has not stopped companies on the continent from embarking on a major deal spree in the UK, indicating faith in the economy’s long-term prospects among foreign money managers.  Buyers in the EU have snapped up 553 UK assets through mergers and acquisitions and private placements in the past year, according to S&P Capital IQ data.  Purchases of companies, property and stakes in fast-growing firms totalled $31.1bn over the past 12 months.  That is up from $21.2bn over 497 purchases in the previous 12 months, and $13.6bn on 454 transactions."

Tax receipts (a barometer of how the UK is doing) are up 14% on last year...

And yet we still have incredibly ignorant people on here saying that the sky is falling in because of Brexit.  For god's sake grow up and stop being so asinine.

5 March 2019

Threaten 50 % duty as a minimum, it  would make the overseas manufacturers take fright and need to retain or even set up in the Uk .Just think if the uk gets a good trade deal with the USA and trump puts duty on European cars it would create mayhem.Just another scenario to contend with.

5 March 2019
Ski Kid wrote:

Threaten 50 % duty as a minimum, it  would make the overseas manufacturers take fright and need to retain or even set up in the Uk .Just think if the uk gets a good trade deal with the USA and trump puts duty on European cars it would create mayhem.Just another scenario to contend with.

 

the best trade deal we could secure with the use would give us 2% growth but spread over 10 years. And the price? Chlorinated chicken and lower standards across the board.

Mini is not exactly struggling and so I still haven’t heard a single Brexiteers explain why BMW would close Oxford if not for Brexit. 

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