Nissan has confirmed that its next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be built alongside the Juke at its Sunderland production plant, despite concerns that the Brexit vote could lead to reduced investment. The move will make Sunderland a European hub for Nissan’s crossover production and ensures the survival of more than 7000 jobs in the region. Nissan said the decision was made following strong support from the British government, which is working to ensure the automotive industry remains strong during the UK’s departure from the EU. Renault-Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn said: “Our [Sunderland] employees continue to make the plant a globally competitive powerhouse, producing high-quality, high-value products everyday.
“The support and assurances of the UK government have enabled us to decide that the next-generation Qashqai and X-Trail will be produced at Sunderland. I welcome [the U K government’s] commitment to the automotive industry in Britain and to the development of an overall industrial strategy.” The news followed the announcement from the Office for National Statistics that Britain’s economy grew by 0.5% between July and September of this year. A heavily updated Qashqai is set to go on sale next year, featuring Nissan’s sophisticated Propilot autonomous technology. The next-gen Qashqai and X-Trail aren’t expected until around 2019.