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Another New Nissan to Sunderland in 2014


During a trade visit to Japan this month David Cameron and Nissan Chief Operating Officer, Toshiyuki Shiga, announced at Nissan’s headquarters in Yokohama, Japan that a brand new medium sized hatchback will be produced at the Sunderland plant from 2014. This follows the announcement at last month’s Geneva Motor Show that Sunderland will also produce a mainstream B-segment compact car based on the INVITATION concept from next year (pictured right).

The new medium hatchback announced today will create an additional 225 jobs at Nissan and 900 at component companies supplying Nissan in the UK. Combined, both models will result in more than 3,000 new jobs being created in the UK automotive sector within the next two years – 625 at Nissan and the remainder across the supply base. Once recruitment for both models is complete, the Sunderland Plant workforce will stand at a record 6,225 supporting an overall annual plant volume of more than half a million units. This will make the factory the UK’s biggest car maker. This is as a result of a major project investment by Nissan of £127m in its Sunderland Plant, supplemented by an £8.2m offer of support from UK Government Regional Growth Fund. More details about the new hatchback including pricing, engine line-up and equipment levels will be released closer to the car’s sales launch.

The as yet un-named hatchback will mark Nissan’s return to the mainstream medium sector segment and confirms their continued expansion under their ‘Power 88’ scheme, a wide-ranging, six-year business plan that will accelerate the company’s growth across new markets and segments. The plan is for the fiscal years 2011 to 2016. Production for the new car will be around 80,000 units, which will require the introduction of another shift involving around-the-clock operation for the first time in the plant’s history.

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff overall. The company now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand on the continent. This latest move marks an unprecedented period of investment in the Sunderland plant which includes the building of the highly successful Qashqai ‘crossover’ and the all-electric LEAF model. A major recruitment campaign is now taking place. Roles immediately available include engineering, maintenance and production supervisor positions. Following long periods of recession hit misery in the North East the good people of Sunderland and the surrounding area must be over the moon at this success story.

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How Sportscar And Endurance Racing Could Take F1’s Crown


Sportscar and endurance racing has always been a brilliant breeding ground for road car technology. The cauldron of battle that is round the clock racing breeds performance with the necessity of reliability.

Disc brakes, double-clutch gearboxes, variable turbine turbo geometry, carbon-fibre brake discs and direct injection petrol engines are but a few inventions pioneered through endurance racing.

As manufacturers look to tighten their belts and the outlay for a full calendar of racing in the F1 circus carries on rising unabated, sportscar racing for many looks appealing.

With a direct link from racecar to road car there’s real benefit for the manufacturer, too. And then there’s the fans, the all important fans.

Without fans there’d be no motorsport, so with ticket prices for a Grand Prix almost prohibitively expensive and a full week’s ticket for five days worth of action, including a full 24 hours at the twice-round-the-clock French classic in Le Mans, sportscars really could steal F1’s crown.

It could rival it for on track action too. With BMW, Lamborghini, Corvette, Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari, Honda, Nissan, Toyota, Audi, Peugeot, Ford and other bespoke racecar manufacturers like Oreca and Zytek confirmed for the new 2012 World Endurance Championship – set up after the settling of a feud between the ACO (the organisers of the Le Mans 24 hours) and the FIA – sonorous sounding automotive exotica lapping within tenths of a second of each other would surely draw crowds. And at a fraction of the cost.

It’s close racing that makes good viewing, not one team with the most money – thanks to backing by a certain Austrian energy drink – waltzing of into the distance unchallenged. With sportscar racing you get that.

After 24 hours of racing at the 2011 24 hours of Le Mans, less than 13 seconds separated the eventual winner and the second place car – now that’s close racing.

Formula 1 is definitely the pinnacle of on-track motorsport – no question. But big-cube V8 Corvettes rumbling by, shaking your chest cavity making it difficult to breathe, and wailing Aston Martin V12s screaming past blurring your vision they’re engine notes are that piercing, proves there is more than one way to skin the proverbial.

The new World Endurance Championship will hopefully bring with it more fans, meaning more money, meaning more manufacturers, creating a self-perpetuating cycle.

 

With all that high-powered metal on show, we can’t wait to see how the inaugural season pans out.

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