Due to Brexit, there were fears that the British car industry would be on the brink, but in Sunderland, there is no evidence of this. Nissan is investing billions in its factory there.
Nissan is investing €2.3 billion in its Sunderland factory. The Qashqai and Juke, which are only equipped with combustion engines, are currently being built there, but in the future, their electric successors will have to roll off the production line there. Nissan will therefore, among other things, set up a new battery factory there. It also produces the electric Leaf in Sunderland, where approximately 6,000 people work.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calls the expansion a ‘huge vote of confidence in the British car industry.’ The plans are a big boost for him because Sunderland played an important role in the Brexit referendum. Residents of the city voted overwhelmingly in favor of leaving the European Union. Jaguar Land Rover owner Tata Motors previously announced it would build a €4.5 billion battery factory in Somerset. BMW is also expanding in England. The German group will produce electric Mini models at the factory in Oxford.