Nissan has reaffirmed their commitment to investing in the automotive industry in the UK by announcing the new Infiniti Q30 will be built at their plant in Sunderland. The model will be their first compact luxury vehicle and will also be the very first premium model they have manufactured in Europe. The move is a sign of the manufacturer’s confidence in the skills on offer in the UK. It also represents their belief in the location and the close links to the rest of the EU and US.
The Nissan plant at Sunderland opened in the 1980s and has grown substantially over the years. In total over £3 billion has been invested in the site, including £250 million of new investment for the latest production runs and expansions. The workforce has expanded over the years too, adding jobs when demand required it and taking the total number of employees to over 6,700. When you consider people employed throughout the supply chain the plant sustains 40,000 automotive jobs across the UK.
One in every three cars currently produced in the UK is built at the Nissan plant in Sunderland. This is an astonishing amount and reflects the efficiency of the facility and the skills of the workforce. The expansion in capacity to 60,000 units will see the volume of vehicles produced rise even further in the future, particularly when the production of new models begins.
The Q30 is expected to make a major impact on the market. Infiniti is Nissan’s luxury brand and has made a big impression over the last few years. In fact, last year it generated almost 190,000 sales globally, an increase of 12% on the previous period. The Q30 could prove to be very popular in Western Europe and the US, the largest premium vehicle market in the world. The UK is therefore the perfect location to manufacture the vehicles and export them where demand dictates.