Nissan cuts two models from Sunderland plant

Nissan cuts two models from Sunderland plant

Nissan cuts two models from Sunderland plant

The restructuring plan will end all Infiniti auto sales in western Europe, although Nissan's premium brand will continue in some eastern European countries, along with China and the USA.

However, the plan is the latest blow to the workers at the Sunderland plant, the UK's largest auto factory, after Nissan previously announced plans to build its new X-Trail in Japan.

'Unite is confident however that workers on the Infiniti Q30 production line who want to stay with Nissan can be redeployed within the Sunderland plant onto other models, ' he said.

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"This restructuring plan will have no impact on Infiniti's ongoing operations in Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia, which continue to grow", it added.

According to Car Sales Base, the brand sold just 6250 vehicles across Europe past year, down from 12,571 in 2017.

In addition to the tough competition, the Japanese premium brand, headquartered in Hong Kong since 2012, has struggled to effectively meet emissions and other regulatory requirements in the region, Hale said, referring to stringent Euro 6 emissions requirements and other regulatory challenges. It will offer no new diesel options from 2021 onward when it will begin a campaign to electrify its entire lineup on a new platform.

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Nissan is ending Infiniti auto sales in the United Kingdom, as part of a restructuring plan that will refocus the premium brand on markets in North America and China.

"Infiniti markets and sells independently as a premium brand", a company representative explained to The Drive.

'In the coming weeks Unite will be working closely with Nissan to protect jobs and ensure that redeployment is carried out in an open and transparent way. There are 55 Infiniti retail stores in western Europe.

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