Nissan confirms new X-Trail will not be built in Sunderland | Business

Nissan has confirmed it is abandoning plans to build a new model of one of its flagship vehicles at its Sunderland plant.

The Japanese car manufacturer had said in 2016 it would be building the new version of the X-Trail SUV at the factory along with its next-generation Qashqai but on Sunday it said it was moving production to Japan.

The Japanese firm said: “While we have taken this decision for business reasons, the continued uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future.”

It added that other future models planned for the Sunderland plant – the next-generation Juke and Qashqai – were unaffected.

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