More than 1,000 jobs are set to be created following the announcement from Nissan that it's to build its new hatchback in the UK.
The new car will go into production in 2014 and it is anticipated to create 225 jobs at the firm's Sunderland factory and a further 900 across Nissan's supply base, delivering a huge boost to the UK economy.
The news comes after Nissan's recent commitment to begin production next year of a car based on its Invitation concept model at the Sunderland site.
Bosses say the new models will create more than 3,000 jobs in the British automotive industry within the next 24 months.
Once all workers for both new models have been taken on, the Sunderland plant will employ a record 6,225 people, with production of more than half a million models every year.
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