Currently reading: Nissan gives Sunderland plant £400m boost to build new Qashqai
Japanese firm commits to British factory despite concerns over potential lack of UK trade deal with EU
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6 March 2020

Nissan has announced the latest stage of a £1 billion investment programme in its Sunderland production facility in preparation for building the next-generation Qashqai there. 

This is a £52 million press to stamp panels for the third-generation crossover, which is expected to launch early next year. It brings the total investment in production of the new Qashqai to £400m, in anticipation of it retaining its status as one of the UK's best-selling cars.

The new press weighs a staggering 2000 tonnes and took 18 months to install. It's capable of producing 6.1 million vehicle panels each year, including for the latest Nissan Juke, and has the ability to separate and process scrap metal.

Today's announcement appears – initially, at least – to counter previous reports that Nissan would consider closing the factory if the UK leaves the European Union without a firm trade deal in place.

Nissan Sunderland was given assurances and financial assistance in 2016 from then-prime minister Theresa May, but the agreement was said to have been contingent on a 'soft' Brexit with a trade deal in place. 

Official details of the new Qashqai are scarce, but Autocar understands that it will be revealed towards the end of this year and go on sale at the start of 2021.

Although based on an adapted version of the current model's CMF platform, it's set to make use of a new 'ePower' hybrid system as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain and regular petrol engines. It's not yet clear if a diesel will also be offered. 

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6 March 2020

Great news for Sunderland, but remember that May has promised them financial help.

 

Will all other busniesses get this help?

 

But other work has already been moved from the Nissan plant, and they never got the Mercedes work because of Brexit.

6 March 2020
Daimler are pulling the plug on the relationship slowly

6 March 2020
Pietro Cavolonero wrote:

Daimler are pulling the plug on the relationship slowly

Yeah I was going to say I thought Daimler was moving away from its partnership with nissan alliance.

6 March 2020
Symanski wrote:

Great news for Sunderland, but remember that May has promised them financial help.

 

Will all other busniesses get this help?

 

But other work has already been moved from the Nissan plant, and they never got the Mercedes work because of Brexit.

Bwahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!!

7 March 2020
jason_recliner wrote:

Bwahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!!

This is just plain weird.

One day England might awake from its Farage fever dream and realise what it has done.

I live in hope.

7 March 2020
jason_recliner wrote:

Bwahahahahaaaaaaaa!!!!!

Immature reply. But what do we expect from a Brexiter Farage supporter?

7 March 2020
Symanski wrote:

Great news for Sunderland, but remember that May has promised them financial help.

 

Will all other busniesses get this help?

 

But other work has already been moved from the Nissan plant, and they never got the Mercedes work because of Brexit.

Don’t forget the largest auto sellers in the UK are Ford Europe (german), volkswagen (german), Vauxhall (French), Mercedes (german) and BMW (german) whose sales (maybe not vauxhall) will end up with uk car manufacturers like Nissan and Toyota when tariffs kick in.

Remember, at the moment the trade off is free financial access for uk in exchange for fishing rights, no tariffs on cars or wine, keeping ECJ and market alignment. LMFAO talk about wishful thinking

7 March 2020
GODFATHER wrote:

Don’t forget the largest auto sellers in the UK are Ford Europe (german), volkswagen (german), Vauxhall (French), Mercedes (german) and BMW (german) whose sales (maybe not vauxhall) will end up with uk car manufacturers like Nissan and Toyota when tariffs kick in.

Remember, at the moment the trade off is free financial access for uk in exchange for fishing rights, no tariffs on cars or wine, keeping ECJ and market alignment. LMFAO talk about wishful thinking

The problem you have there is the ratio. Most cars manufactured in the UK are exported to Europe. Including Mini.

Harming that export market just to get more UK sales of cars produced here isn't going to help. You are shrinking the market for those!

Frictionless trade, which we currently enjoy, has help British businesses from small to large. But especially the small ones who do not have the means to find distributors across Europe. Brexiters are going to put those businesses out of business, costing British jobs across many different industries. And I have already seen some companies move out of the UK because of Brexit in the electronics sector.

6 March 2020

 Yeah , somebody has to spoon out a little Salt, anyway, as said good News for Sunderland, and the slow recovery for Britain.

6 March 2020

Good news if indeed true, and the first of many slaps in the face for all those silly, silly people promising doom, gloom and misery post Brexit. And if you ever needed convincing of the EU stance on Britain, then look no further than recent statements stating the EU will refuse to negotiate a favourable trade agreement. This only highlights exactly what our membership was about, and why we needed to leave. Oh, and if its true 1 million plus immigrants are leaving Turkey for Europe, lets make sure they stay in Europe?

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