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05 February, 2019, 03:17 | Author: Rachel Logan
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He said the European vehicle industry had "changed dramatically" since 2016, when the Japanese company announced plans to build a new Qashqai and X-Trail in the UK.

Nissan said Sunderland will, however, continue to manufacture several Nissan models.

The Sunderland plant, which has been active since 1986, employs nearly 7,000 people, producing around 2,000 cars a day.

While the control of emissions in the European Union is a key factor in Nissan retaining production of the X-Trail in Japan, the company has referred to "Brexit uncertainty" as a contributory reason for pulling its investment in Britain.

Nissan Motor Co.'s flagship auto plant in a corner of the United Kingdom that voted to leave the European Union suffered a blow after executives said they're reining in production at the site.

Prime Minister Theresa May was gathering pro-Brexit and pro-EU Conservative lawmakers into an "alternative arrangements working group" seeking to break Britain's Brexit deadlock.

The news was due to be announced today, but Nissan was pushed to admit it early by the swirling rumours and panic over the weekend.

Officials from Unite met with management at the Sunderland plant and expressed their "anger and disappointment" over how the announcement over future production of the X-Trail was handled.

"The government's mishandling of the transition away from diesel allied to the continuing uncertainty around our future trading relationship with the European Union are extremely unhelpful when the sector ought to be focussed on preparations for electrification and industry 4.0".

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According to Sky News, Nissan's decision is not expected to have a major impact on jobs.

It follows ongoing calls from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) for the Government to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Production of diesel cars was down by 22% to 561,000 a year ago.

"The X-Trail model was a sign of the company's continued investment into the Sunderland plant and a growing workforce, as well as its enduring commitment to the UK".

X-Trails will now be exported to Europe under the recently struck EU-Japan trade deal which allows cars to be sold here under low tariffs.

Earlier this month American auto manufacturer Ford confirmed almost 400 jobs would be lost at its engine manufacturing plant in Bridgend.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced global cuts of some 4,500 jobs, with the lion's share coming in the UK.

Clark said 740 new jobs were due to be created by the X-Trail investment but none of the existing workforce would be hit by the decision to pull the model, which will exclusively be built in Japan.

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