Nissan have confirmed that it will manufacturer new electric models at its Sunderland plant, adding to the Qashqai and Juke to the existing Leaf line. News follows and investment of £1.2bn securing 6,000 jobs in England's North-East.

Nissan have also announced a EV battery factory in Sunderland, amounting to an additional £800mn of capital injection of the coming years. The battery plant would join two others: one currently in operation, and another under development by China's Envision AESC and Nissan partner.

The investment has been validated by automotive expert Peter Wells of Cardiff Business School. Makoto Uchida, Nissan’s president and chief executive, visited the plant in November 2023.

Nissan, Sunderland produced 238,000 vehicles in 2022 placing it as a top performer among all British auto assembly plants.

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