Media January 2013

Carmaker to Invest in North-east

The new small vehicle will be based on Nissan’s Infiniti Ethera concept car.

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd will invest £250mn in its Sunderland plant, the BBC said in a 19 December report.

The manufacturer will add about 280 jobs at the UK factory, which was awarded production of a new model of the Infiniti brand because of its reputation for efficiency. Another 700 jobs will be created with suppliers.

Initial production of the small luxury car, based on Nissan’s Infiniti Ethera concept, will be completed in 2014 and the vehicle will be the first in the Infiniti range to be offered with a diesel engine.

The new model marks the first time Nissan has made a car in the UK that will be exported to the US.