Carmaker Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at United Kingdom plant

Nissan today announced it was reducing production levels at its Sunderland plant file

The Financial Times is reporting that hundreds of jobs are set to be lost in Sunderland as the fall in demand for diesel cars across Europe has led to a fall in output.

Nissan builds its Qashqai and Juke models at the northeastern English site and the company's sales in Britain, Europe's second-largest vehicle market, have fallen 35 percent so far this year, worse than overall demand in the sector, which is down 12 percent.

Automaker Nissan will lay off hundreds of workers from its vehicle plant in Sunderland in northeast England due to a sharp fall in diesel auto sales, a source close to the company told AFP on Friday.

About 7,000 staff are based in Sunderland. Around half a million cars are produced by Nissan at Sunderland each year, with an estimated 25 per cent being diesel.


The company said it was in discussions with employees and that any job losses would be among its permanent workforce and would be voluntary.

Nissan, which in 2016 announced that it would build new models in Britain, providing a boost to Prime Minister Theresa May, said on Friday its production changes were not linked to Britain's departure from the European Union. The Japanese group saw sales in Britain slump 35pc in the first quarter of this year to 34,794, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Nissan said it expects production volumes to recover as it begins to make the new models.

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