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Nissan to shift new C-hatch production, following Infiniti announcement

Infiniti was due to build its new model in Austria through Magna-Steyr, but production is being moved to Sunderland to the quality of the workmanship, according to reports.

The shift to Sunderland represents an investment of £250 million and will bring a total of 1,000 new jobs to the UK.

Colin Dodge, Nissan Motor Co Ltd executive vice president and chief performance officer, said: ‘This milestone, our first premium product to be manufactured at Sunderland, reconfirms our commitment to UK manufacturing and the ongoing success of the plant, which is moving up the value chain.’

However, Nissan has confirmed that the move means that production of its new C-hatch model – which is intended to rival the Focus and Golf – will be moved to another location, with more details to be announced next year.

Nissan’s Sunderland plant currently builds the Qashqai, Qashqai+2, Note and Juke and will begin production of the new Leaf EV in the new year as well as the forthcoming Nissan Note and next-generation Qashqai.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.