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3 September 2015, 00:01
Car giant Nissan's announced a new generation of their Juke model is to be produced at their factory in Washington.
The estimated £100m investment is a further endorsement of the quality of output from the Sunderland plant, and a statement of Nissan's intention to remain the undisputed crossover leader.
Following the launch of the second generation Nissan Qashqai in 2013, future Juke allocation points to a secure future for both production lines in Sunderland and the jobs of 34,000 people currently employed by Nissan and its British suppliers beyond 2020.
More than 6,700 people are employed at Nissan's factory on Wearside.
Nissan Europe Chairman, Paul Willcox said:
"The Juke's unique design is one of the reasons Nissan is now the undisputed crossover leader, underpinning five consecutive years of sales growth in Europe.
With the next generation Juke now 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."
Chancellor George Osborne MP, said:
"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.
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."
Nissan is now the biggest carmaker in the history of the UK car industry, with annual output exceeding 500,000 in each of the last three years and currently includes the Nissan Qashqai, Juke, Note and all-electric LEAF.
Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Note and Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, with 500,237 units produced in Washington in 2014.