It’s Official: Next-Gen Nissan Qashqai And X-Trail Will Be Produced In The UK

After some concerns about Nissan dropping UK manufacturing of several models due to Brexit and its ever-spreading roots, the ship has been steered into calmer waters by Carlos Ghosn.

Following the British government’s commitment to ensure that the Sunderland plant remains competitive, the decision has been made public by the brand’s Chairman and CEO, who confirmed that the next generation Qashqai will be assembled in the facility, along with the upcoming X-Trail.

I am pleased to announce that Nissan will continue to invest in Sunderland. Our employees there continue to make the plant a globally competitive powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products every day. The support and assurances of the UK government enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland. I welcome British Prime Minister Theresa May’s commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy“, Ghosn said.

The verdict may be out for the Qashqai and X-Trail, but Nissan’s officials are keeping quiet when it comes to the Sunderland-built Juke, which used to be (or still is) in jeopardy of being put together in the UK, after the country’s vote to leave the European Union.

Opened in 1986, the Nissan Sunderland factory has produced almost 9 million cars up to date, including more than 2 million units of the Qashqai. The facility, which is the country’s largest of its kind and the place where one in three British cars are produced, is home to 7,000 direct employees and supports another 28,000 jobs in the local automotive supply chain. Nissan has invested over £3.7 billion ($4.5 billion) in Sunderland so far.

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  • Logically

    Let’s think about this logically:…

    1. Qashqai – best seller for Nissan (Renault-owned) in the UK
    2. Made in Nissan’s Sunderland plant – one of the most efficient in Europe (and better than anything Renault has)
    3. BRexit get-out clause – this would contravene any retaliatory trade barriers put in place in retaliation for the same…

    As “The Rich are getting Richer, and the poor are getting poorer” – this is known as Global Corporatism (not capitalism). This is what BRexit was against!

  • Steve Crawford

    Nissan have no written guarantee from the UK Government Channel 4 News asked Nissan them and that is what they said.

    Special, exclusive deals for Nissan and the finance sector in Europe, if truly on the table, could be highly problematic for UK Government for a number of reasons:

    1. The EU may not agree (why should they?).
    2. If the EU does agree, the costs to the UK will be astronomical. The £250 billion that UKIP pretended we would save by leaving the EU will seem like a drop in the ocean by comparison with what is going to cost the UK.
    3. Once you start favouring one sector (or region) of the UK over others, that’s when the brown stuff really hits the fan. The screams for other deals will only get louder and louder.

  • Mokes Oz

    Please fix the shitty fuel gauges. As they are always wrong.

  • smartacus

    i’ve already read elsewhere Nissan will be MASSIVELY EXPANDING vehicle manufacturing in UK

  • TheHake

    So Brexit wasn’t the end of the world as predicted…

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