Nissan To Make Hatchback At Sunderland Plant

Nissan is expanding its U.K. production with 225 new jobs, which will push capacity at the plant to 80,000 cars a year.

TOKYO (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. is expanding its U.K. production with a plan to produce a new midsize hatchback at its Sunderland plant from 2014.

The Japanese automaker said Tuesday it will be able to make 80,000 of the new cars at Sunderland a year, lifting annual production capacity at the plant to more than half a million vehicles.

Nissan said the hatchback production will add 225 jobs at the automaker and 900 at companies that supply components to Nissan in the U.K.

The company is investing 127 million pounds ($202 million) in the expansion.

It said the decision to make the hatchback at Sunderland confirms its return to the medium-sized car market in Europe.