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Nissan to create 1,000 jobs in the north-east

10 Apr 2012

It has been revealed that car manufacturer Nissan is to create more than 1,000 jobs in Sunderland in order to build a new hatchback at the factory there.

The announcement was made this morning (April 10th) by prime minister David Cameron and Nissan's Toshiyuki Shiga in Japan and construction of the medium-sized car is expected to begin in 2014.

Some 225 vacancies will be created at the factory, meaning a new shift will be necessary in order to get the plant running around the clock, while 900 more IT jobs and other roles are to be originated at component companies supplying Nissan.

The new car has not been named yet, but around 80,000 will be made each year and the firm is to pump £127 million into its Sunderland operation as a result.

Commenting on the development, Cameron commented: "Nissan's investment in the UK is a huge vote of confidence in the skills and flexibility of the UK workforce. We want to attract more investment like this."

Nissan was established in 1933 and makes vehicles in 20 countries around the world.