Nissan pulls plans to make X-Trail in Sunderland

Nissan pulls plans to make X-Trail in Sunderland

Kerry Wise
February 5, 2019

Our North of England Correspondent Clare Fallon has spent the day outside the UK's largest vehicle plant.

"The X-Trail model was a sign of the company's continued investment into the Sunderland plant and a growing workforce, as well as its enduring commitment to the UK".

Since Nissan's decision was made public, the government said it was "a blow to the sector", but said no jobs would be going as a result, according to the BBC.

In a report that was published by Sky News, the executives of the vehicle company are scheduled to make the said announcement on Monday.

The carmaker committed in October 2016 - four months after the Brexit referendum - to switching production of the X-Trail at the plant, following assurance from the Government of the continued competitiveness of the United Kingdom operation, and said it would increase its investment in the plant.

The UK pledged £80m in support to Japanese auto giant Nissan in 2016 to get it to stay in the UK after the Brexit vote, a leaked letter indicates.

Unite the Union, the UK's second largest labor union which also represents Sunderland workers, was disheartened at Nissan's decision.

"We appreciate this will be disappointing for our United Kingdom team and partners", Nissan Europe chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said in a statement on Sunday.

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"Thank you for employing 5,000 people in Sunderland".

The company said the decision was taken for business reasons, but made clear that continued uncertainty around the UK's future relationship with the European Union was not helping it plan for the future. He said that of 61 million pounds' worth of grants which had already been approved, only 2.6 million pounds had so far been paid to Nissan.

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The Business Secretary said in a letter to Rachel Reeves, who chairs the Business Select Committee, that a package of support included skills, research and development and innovation. "Clearly we will be reviewing it in the light of this decision", a government source told the newspaper.

And Nissan is part-owned by France's Renault, which could move production to France in future to avoid any post-Brexit EU tariffs.

Britain's automotive industry received yet another blow, as Japanese marque Nissan has announced plans to cut production at its United Kingdom facility, located in Sunderland. However, as production ramps up over the years and older models are phased out, jobs invariably move to the alternate facility and the original factory suffers, experts have warned. Brexit has thrown that into doubt, prompting consternation in Tokyo.

As well as manufacturing it in Japan, Nissan also makes the X-Trail in China and Russian Federation.