Nissan Sunderland Receive Massive Boost!
December 19, 2012

Nissan's Sunderland plant is set to build the new Infiniti compact car leading to a £250m investment in the plant creating 280 direct jobs at the plant and a further 100 new jobs in connection.

 

The new Infiniti model will be based on the front-drive platform provided by Mercedes, which is already in use on their own A and B class models. Production is set to begin in 2015, which coincidently is the same year the new Vauxhall Astra will be built in Ellesmere Port.


The UK Business Secretary Vince Cable has described the two deals to be a strong endorsement of the automotive industry in Britain. The Prime Minister David Cameron has described the deal as being “a vote of confidence” for UK manufacturing.

 

Whilst they may have released the plans stating the location of build for the new Infiniti, they have not yet released any details on the specifics of the new model. The model will of course have the option of the 1.6 and 2.0 petrol engines from Mercedes along with the 1.8 and 2.2 diesel engines. I should imagine that there will be an option of four wheel drive and a plug in hybrid transmission as well.

 

The arrival of the new brand Infiniti has broke the previous trend of not introducing a large scale production into the U.K. Infiniti is the first new brand to plan a mass market vehicle to be produced in the U.K for 23 years.

 

Nissan Sunderland was set to build the new hatchback model in 2013 but plans have since been changed with the introduction of the new brand Infiniti and the Golf rivalling car will now be built at another Nissan location.

 

Nissan has also increased pressure on the plant to see how many existing models they can build within a short space of time. The test will give an outcome of what Nissan can expect in terms of output in the future for Infiniti.

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