Great news for the North East, Nissan is to create an extra 280 jobs at its Sunderland plant. The company will be investing £250 million as it prepares to build its first premium model in Britain.
Including the jobs at its Sunderland based factory, they are estimating that the expansion for this model will create around 1,000 jobs in total in the UK.
This allows the car maker’s sub-brand, Infiniti, to build this brand new model in Britain. The new model named the Etherea, will be a rival for the BMW 1-series, Audi A3 and the Mercedes A-class when it hits the showrooms in 2015.
The investment should see the factory producing up to 60,000 vehicles a year under the infiniti badge, which will then go on sale in the UK and will also be exported around the world.
In April this year Nissan announced that it would be adding an additional 625 staff to its workforce at the Sunderland plant in preparation for a new small car, the Invitation, and a yet to be named medium-size model that would go into production in 2014, the latter now being built elsewhere to free up more space at the plant for the Infiniti.
This took the number of staff at the plant to more than 6,000 with Nissan estimating that every job at the plant creates four jobs elsewhere in the UK through the supply chain, resulting in 24,000 jobs throughout the UK.