Nissan to invest £192 million in UK

Nissan has revealed plans to invest £192 million to design and build the latest version of its Qashqai model in the UK.

The Japanese motor giant said its investment decision will help boost the British manufacturing sector as well as safeguard the jobs of its factory workers in Sunderland, Bedfordshire and London.

Before the new car is produced at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, it will be designed by technical staff in London and Bedfordshire.

The Japanese car maker said the introduction of the new Qashqai model will help protect a total of 6,000 jobs across factories in Britain.

The factory at Sunderland will celebrate the production of its millionth Qashqai later this month.

The Qashqai is Nissan's highest-volume models manufactured in the UK. Nearly 80% of the cars sent overseas.

Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn made the announcement at a meeting with the Prime Minister in Downing Street, saying: "The UK has been a cornerstone of Nissan manufacturing since 1986, with the Sunderland plant setting important benchmarks for quality and efficiency in Europe and around the world.

"It's the home of the Qashqai, one of Nissan's biggest product successes, and, as Nissan's leadership in sustainable transportation grows, the plant will become one of the pillars of our zero-emission manufacturing."

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