The next-generation Nissan Juke will continue to be built in Sunderland, the company has confirmed, and will form part of an extra £100 million funding plan for the factory.
Nissan says that securing Juke production at Sunderland beyond 2020 has secured the jobs of 34,000 people both within the company and in the wider supply chain.
Nissan's European boss Paul Wilcox said: "With the next generation Juke now confirmed for future production, customers can be assured that Nissan is going to remain the benchmark in the crossover segment for many years to come.
“This announcement also gives security to our Sunderland plant beyond 2020, which the team has earned through many years of hard work and their ability to continually raise the bar on quality.”
Chancellor George Osborne praised the announcement, saying: "It’s fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new car here in Sunderland and securing valuable jobs for thousands of working people in the area.
“Our ambitious plan to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area’s strengths – including manufacturing - and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production.”
The next Juke is due to go on sale late next year and will focus more on technology and interior quality than radical exterior restyling.
The Juke is largely credited with creating the burgeoning small crossover segment and has already had a subtle mid-life facelift that brought more safety kit, a new small turbocharged petrol engine and a wider range of personalisation options.