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Sunderland carmaker Nissan creates 400 jobs after £125m investment
A NORTH-EAST carmaker is starting £125m work to build a new hatchback.
Nissan, based in Sunderland, will begin production of the new Note model on Monday.
The Japanese company says the investment has created 400 new jobs and supported 1,600 existing supply chain posts, and expects to make up to 110,000 Notes every year.
The compact hatchback will compete with the likes of the Ford Fiesta when it appears in forecourts on the autumn, with the project backed by £9.3m from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.
Bosses say the new Note, based on the Invitation prototype, will include a number of new features, with highest specification models boasting a device for alerting drivers to blind spots and a moving object detection.
The work comes after Nissan Sunderland last week secured planning permission to extend its plant and become the first in Europe to make the Infiniti, Nissan's sister brand, which rivals Audi, BMW, Lexus and Mercedes.
The move will create about 280 jobs and hundreds in the supply chain, and when production starts in 2015, Infiniti will become the first new car brand to be made in the UK on this scale in 23 years.
Earlier this year, the company started producing the all-electric Leaf, and opened a battery plant to work alongside the Leaf production line.
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