Published: 4th Feb 2019

The leader of Sunderland City Council has called on the Government to do ‘everything in its power’ to secure the future of the UK automotive industry, following the news that Nissan will be moving production of one of its new vehicles to Japan. The car manufacturer confirmed over the weekend that it is to shift production of its new X-Trail car to Japan, which was originally due to be built at its plant in Sunderland. Although it also stressed that other future models planned for Nissan Sunderland plant – the next-generation Juke and Qashqai – remain unaffected. Nissan is the UK’s biggest car plant, employing 7,000 people, with a further 30,000 jobs in its UK supply chain and 4,000 in its UK dealer network, taking the total number of British jobs supported by Nissan to more than 40,000. The chairman of Nissan Europe, Gianluca de Ficchy said: ‘We appreciate this … (To read the full article, subscribe below)