Nissan Europe has confirmed that the next-generation Nissan Juke, due for launch late in 2016, will be built at the company’s Sunderland plant. £100 million will be invested in the facility in the process, securing 34,000 jobs.
It’s debatable whether or not Nissan invented the small crossover when the Juke was launched in 2010, but it certainly instigated the segment’s exponential growth. Despite being a bit long in the tooth now, the Juke remains one of the segment’s best-sellers and Nissan’s second-biggest seller in Europe.
Paul Wilcox, Nissan Europe Chairman, said: “With the next generation Juke confirmed for future production, customers can be assured that Nissan is going to remain the benchmark in the crossover segment for many years to come.
“This announcement also gives security to our Sunderland plant beyond 2020, which the team has earned through many years of hard work and their ability to continually raise the bar on quality,” Mr Wilcox added.
Opened in 1986, the Sunderland factory is one of the most productive in the world, producing over 500,000 cars in each of the last three years. Around 80 per cent of production is exported to 130 markets around the world.
No new jobs will be created by the introduction of the new Juke, but the £100m investment will secure 6,700 jobs at the plant and over 27,000 in the UK supply chain. Nissan’s design studio in London and technical centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire will be heavily involved the Juke’s design and engineering, as well.
Chancellor George Osborne welcomed the announcement, saying: “It’s fantastic news that Nissan will be building their new car here in Sunderland and securing valuable jobs for thousands of working people in the area.”
He continued: “Our ambitious plan to build the Northern Powerhouse means building on the area’s strengths – including manufacturing – and this announcement is an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production.”
The next-gen Juke will be built on the Renault-Nissan Alliance CMF-B platform that will also underpin the next Nissan Micra and Renault Clio. Nissan says the platform “drives synergies in all major areas, from purchasing to vehicle engineering and powertrains.” In other words, the economies of scale are huge, which will allow extra investment in other areas, for instance raising the level of perceived quality, often a Nissan weakness.
Alongside the current Juke, the Sunderland factory also produces the Qashqai, Note, Leaf electric car and, from later this year, the new Infiniti Q30.
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By Only Motors