Sunderland, England (ots/PRNewswire) - Nissan announced today that
its new compact-crossover vehicle will be built at its car plant in
Sunderland, UK from December 2006.
The new car, codenamed P32L, is based on the highly acclaimed
Qashqai concept car unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show a little under
one year ago, the first model to be styled at Nissan Design Europe in
Paddington, London. It was developed at Nissan Technical Centre
Europe in Bedfordshire, UK.
This crossover vehicle, part people-carrier, part hatchback with
available all-wheel drive, is the second new model to be announced at
Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Ltd (NMUK) in just 6 months, following
confirmation that a production model based on the Tone show car,
unveiled at the Paris Motor Show last autumn will go into production
in January 2006.The announcement was made by Sunderland plant manager
Colin Dodge, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Nissan Europe, at
a press conference in Sunderland, attended by Patricia Hewitt, the
UK's Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.
The new model further safeguards over 1,000 jobs at Sunderland and
will create around 200 additional posts following close after the
mini-MPV announcement, and represents a total UK investment of around
GBP223M, including GBP5 M of Regional Selective Assistance awarded by
the Department of Trade and Industry.
The new model will go into production in December 2006 and on sale
beginning in 2007.
Initial production volume will be around 130,000 units per year.
This would increase the plant's total annual volume to around 400,000
units - strengthening Sunderland's position as the UK's biggest car
During the event Nissan also unveiled its new Navara Crew Cab
pick-up and the Zaroot concept SUV which will be unveiled to the
public at the Geneva Motor Show at the beginning on March 1. Nissan
also showed a production-ready version of its Pathfinder SUV which is
due to go on sale in March.
As well as the Tone, the P32L will join Nissan's Micra, Micra C+C
and the Primera on the Sunderland production lines which build around
320,000 vehicles a year and is recognised as Europe's most efficient
"Today's announcement is a tremendous vote of confidence in our
workforce," said Dodge. "Production of the P32L is a good decision
for the company given our employees' track record of handling the
complexities of manufacturing multiple vehicles. It will be a
challenge to integrate this all-new model into our product mix, along
with our upcoming model changes. But this is the sort of challenge
any car plant would welcome, and I know the workforce will be looking
forward to next year and the start of production."
During the press conference at the NMUK plant, Patricia Hewitt
welcomed Nissan's news of the continuing growth for the company in
the United Kingdom.
She said: "Today's announcement marks an important development for
Nissan and the continued future of Sunderland, safeguarding 1,000
jobs here and many others in the supply chain.
"Nissan's heavy investment in the skills of its workforce has
helped to boost their productivity and remain globally competitive.
This has seen them retain the number one position as the most
productive car plant in Europe for the past 8 years, a testament to
their workforce and the company's all-round capabilities.
"Today's announcement also demonstrates why the UK remains the
preferred location in Europe for automotive investment and why the UK
continues to be at the forefront of advanced vehicle design and
Nissan believes the new model will fill a growing niche in the car
market for vehicles designed to live a dual life. Qashqai, pronounced
"Cash-Ky" is aimed at young professional people who enjoy living and
working in the city during the week but who want to escape at the
Nissan Design Europe (NDE), which was responsible for designing
Qashqai, is one of the company's design 'think-tanks' dedicated to
developing future generations of advanced designs for European
markets. It combines the sleek lines of a sporting hatchback with the
attitude and authenticity of a serious 4x4.
NMUK currently employs around 4,100 workers, capable of producing
up to 500,000 units per year based on a three-shift system. The plant
currently operates two production shifts, resulting in an annual
capacity of around 370,000 cars
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