Wednesday, 15 October 2014
Nissan readies UK plant for Infiniti Q30
Work is on target to introduce a new vehicle at the UK, Sunderland plant of Nissan where production of the Infiniti Q30 will begin next year.
Nissan is extending the plant by 25,000 square metres to accommodate a new body shop and a new assembly line.
The new model is a joint project between Nissan and Infiniti that is aimed to compete with the likes of the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz CLA Class.
Infiniti will be the first new car brand to be introduced at the plant since it was started some 23 years ago.
According to Nissan sources the new car line will add at least 280 jobs at the plant as well as 750 at the company’s suppliers.
Meanwhile, Nissan is adding the Juke Nismo RS to its Sunderland production site from the end of this month.
The new model, an upgrade of the existing Juke, will go on sale in December. Sales of Juke Nismo have already taken off in Europe.
Arrival of the new model at the plant, which is on target to hit an output figure of 500,000 for the third consecutive year, provides added confidence for the near 7,000-strong workforce.
The new target of 500,000 cars follows in the wake of problems the plant experience in the press shop earlier this year. The plant has managed to catch up production which will please Nissan executives in Japan.