Sunderland City Council welcomes Nissan plans

Sunderland City Council has welcomed the news that Nissan will be building its next two models in the city.

The car manufacturer has confirmed it will build both the new Qashqai and the X-Trail SUV in the city, a move which is expected to create around 7,000 new jobs.

Paul Watson, leader of the council, said: “It’s a huge tribute to their excellent workforce and to Sunderland’s position as a ‘jewel in Nissan’s crown.

“The city council and many others across the North East region have been working closely with the company to make sure they were best placed to compete for the Qashqai replacement.

“The government, too, has been speaking with Nissan about how the UK’s economy remains competitive and efficient.

“With the government and so many others all working together, this is a tremendous boost for the city’s economy, the region’s economy, and for the UK economy.”