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Nissan to cut hundreds of jobs at its Sunderland plant

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Staffing reductions at Japanese manufacturer’s UK car factory come just a week after Jaguar Land Rover announced similar cutbacks

(Nissan)

Hundreds of jobs at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland are being cut due to a drop in demand for diesel cars.

The company stated that the losses were not because of Brexit, or directly linked to declining demand for diesel-powered vehicles, but due to ‘operational changes’ as the company transitions to a new range of powertrains over the next year.

“We are now discussing these operational changes with our employees.”

Around 7,000 workers are currently employed at the Sunderland site which builds the Juke and Qashqai models, as well as the latest generation of the all-electric Leaf.

(Nissan)

This is due in part to a tax rise on new diesel vehicles and confusion caused by a government announcement that sales of all new diesel and petrol cars and vans would be banned by 2040.

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