Next-Gen Nissan Qashqai Might Not Be Made In The UK Due To Brexit

Nissan has yet to make a decision when it comes to producing the next generation Qashqai at the Sunderland plant, in the UK, after the country has voted to leave the European Union.

Posted by Reuters, the information is more than a report, as it comes from the man holding the helm at the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, who met with the British Prime Minister Theresa May last week, to discuss the threats of Brexit and how it affects the automaker’s plant in Sunderland.

We’re not asking for any advantage [from the British government], but we don’t want to lose any competitiveness no matter what the discussions“, Nissan’s CEO said. Ghosn added that he “can look at the future of Sunderland with more ease“, after admitting that the British government is treating the subject “extremely cautious“, and is looking in “preserving the competitiveness“.

As for the next generation Nissan Qashaqai, this is expected to hit the assembly lines in either 2018 or 2019, and due to the time required to bring a new car into production, the automaker has to decide fast on where it will build the upcoming crossover. Rumor has it that an official decision on whether the Japanese-based company will choose Sunderland as the birthplace of the next Qashqai will be taken next month.

The Nissan Qashqai isn’t the brand’s only model that could be affected from the Brexit, as the same stands for the Juke, which is put together at the same facility.

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  • TheHake

    Here we go again with the Brexit crap…

    • Steve Crawford

      Not crap if your are going to lose your job, No doubt some Nissan workers at Sunderland probably voted to leave the EU not thinking they may end up losing their jobs. And there are more bonuses on the horizon and some happening now, Interest rates will be going up, food price rises happening now, mortgage rates will no doubt being going up, so people losing their homes and losing their jobs, the pound in your pocket is worth less and less right now, fuel prices going up to add insult to injury, Ok that’s the oil price going up not because of brexit but that hits your pocket now and companies that transport goods have increased operating costs and have to past this onto customers and consumers.

      Brexit so far has no positives as it has none and this will go on for many years and would not surprise me the EU will make an example of the UK for leaving the EU to discourage other countries. The UK needs the EU more than the EU needs the UK. Before the 23rd June UK was 5th largest economy as of now we are 6th largest economy, 7th largest will be along soon.

      My own work is in research is going to lose £1.2 Million pounds of EU funding, So jobs will be going. The useless Government is not going to compensate 1 pence that all those Research facilities will be losing because there is no money cause all we have got is massive debts £1.6+ Trillion (Off the books is reckoned to be over £5+ Trillion).

      I am not a brexit moaner just a realist that’s afraid of losing my job and my new home I just bought and I can forget about thinking about a buying a new car or a motorcycle which are my hobbies and passions.

      This quote sums it up :-
      “America and Britain are having a competition on who can f*** themselves up the most. Britain is in the lead, But America has a Trump card.”

      Must be great on the TheHake brexiter throne.

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    The way the run on the pound has went recently, once the UK does leave the EU, workers there will be working for the lowest wage per hour of all of Nissan’s manufacturing plants (S. America and Asia included).
    Why would they want to leave? 😉

    • DMJ

      Because you cannot make strategic long term business decisions based on the current (and not predictable) exchange rate.

      • Obsequious Lickspittle

        Now now, it’s entirely predictable. The only way is …

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