New Nissan hatchback ‘a big vote of confidence’

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PLANS by Japanese car giant Nissan to build a new hatchback at its UK plant, creating more than 1,000 jobs at the site and in component companies, is a “big vote” of confidence in the UK’s car industry, the company said today.

The new medium-sized model will be built in Sunderland in 2014, bringing an additional 225 jobs to the factory and 900 to component companies supplying Nissan.

The move follows an announcement last month that the North-East plant will also produce a compact car based on the so-called Invitation concept model from next year.