New Nissan Invitation model to create 2,000 UK jobs
Nissan’s decision to produce its new Invitation model at its Sunderland, UK plant is likely to create 2000 jobs at the company and its suppliers. Production of the Invitation, which is a project totalling around £125 million, is due to start in 2013. Nissan says it will produce 100,000 of the cars a year when manufacturing gets underway.
The news came at the beginning of the Geneva Motors Show (6 March 2012), where the company is exhibiting an Invitation concept car.
The announcement is likely to be a boost to whichever tyre manufacturer(s) are supplying OE tyres to the Invitation model. However, so far there has been no confirmation of which company or companies this will be. Nevertheless the fact that Nissan is aiming to rate the Invitation as producing carbon emissions of less than 100g/km it is likely that it will be shod with some form of eco-tyres.
According to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Nissan has been helped with a £9.3 million offer of funding from the UK government’s £2.4 billion Regional Growth Fund. Other offers from the fund linked to motor vehicle investment include Pirelli Tyres as well as GM and two Nissan suppliers, Unipres UK and Vantec Europe.