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10 April 2012, 11:01
A thousand jobs are being created in the North East after Nissan plans to build its new car in Sunderland.
The new model will be built at the plant from 2014, creating 225 jobs, while an extra 900 vacancies will be created at component companies that will supply the factory.
The move follows an announcement last month that the plant will also produce a compact car from next year.
Once recruitment for both models is complete it would mean the workforce at the Sunderland plant would stand at a record 6,225.
Making the announcement Nissan chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga said; "In Europe Nissan has achieved record growth in recent years by providing innovative, customer-focused models like Qashqai and Juke that are designed, developed and produced within the region.
"Nissan already produces more vehicles in Europe than any other Asian manufacturer and the model announced today will bring world-class quality and leading technology to our customers at the heart of the European C-segment."