Nissan cuts two models from Sunderland plant


It will shift its focus to North America and China, and continue its smaller operations in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

"The commercial reality for Infiniti in western Europe is that there is simply no visibility of a viable and sustainable business, especially given the regulatory challenges", he said. Infiniti will withdraw from Europe in early 2020.

However, the plan is the latest blow to the workers at the Sunderland plant, the UK's largest vehicle factory, after Nissan previously announced plans to build its new X-Trail in Japan.

It intends to have a fully electrified range of vehicles in these markets by 2021. Executives said that they were "working to find alternative opportunities" for all affected staff.

Of a total of 442,000 cars rolling off the production lines at Sunderland last year, just 12,400 were Infinitis, down from 27,000 the year before. As a result the Q30 auto and QX30 sports-utility vehicle will no longer be made in the UK.

"Plant management will discuss any impact on the plant with employees and their representatives", the statement said.

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Infiniti has 51 employees in its western Europe operations.

Just 750 Infiniti cars were bought by Britons a year ago.

Unite has said there should be job redeployment when it ends the production of its Infiniti Q30 and says it would be working closely with the company to protect the jobs of workers affected by the carmaker's decision.

Nissan employs about 200 workers on Infiniti production in Sunderland.

'We will also be seeking assurances on future employment levels and the production of other models at Sunderland'.

'Nissan has reiterated its commitment to the United Kingdom and its workforce by continuing to manufacture in Sunderland the current Qashqai, Leaf and Juke models, as well as the new Qashqai model'.