The plans for Qashqai production in Sunderland have not changed, according to Nissan, although reports stated that the company would review its decision to build the vehicle at the location. But the vehicle maker urged the UK and EU to work together to ensure that an orderly Brexit is achieved.
The UK has been a production base for Nissan since 1986, with the Sunderland plant exporting more than half of its production to the EU. The first Qashqai was produced at the plant in 2006 and helped the base build its ten millionth vehicle earlier this year.
A statement released by the company said: “Today we are among those companies with major investments in the UK who are still waiting for clarity on what the future trading relationship between the UK and the EU will look like.
“As a sudden change from those rules to the rules of the WTO will have serious implications for British industry, we urge UK and EU negotiators to work collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade.
“While we don’t comment on speculative scenarios, our plans for Qashqai production in Sunderland have not changed.”
The SUV accounts for more than two-thirds of the vehicles built at the plant, which employs 7,000 people.