Nissan UK plant could become SUV hub – report | Business News

Nissan is reportedly working on a plan to scale back its European business – which includes its car plant in Sunderland, the UK’s biggest.

The plan would see the Japanese giant’s European arm focus on sports utility and commercial vehicles, as well as more effective sharing and products and investments with its partner Renault, sources told Reuters.

It is part of a three-year global turnaround plan to be unveiled on 28 May, the news agency said.

That would see the Sunderland plant switch permanently to two daily shifts from three, but become a key hub for SUVs.

It could also see the company’s factory in Barcelona close, putting around 3,000 jobs at risk, the sources told Reuters.

Nissan has been searching for direction since the arrest of long-standing boss Carlos Ghosn in November 2018 on charges of financial misconduct – which he denies.

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the car industry has added to pressure on the company to come up with a new strategy.

Under the reported plan, Nissan’s Sunderland plant would become the hub for its Qashqai and Juke SUVs and could also produce their Renault counterparts, the Kadjar and Capture.

Asked about the Reuters report, a Nissan spokesman told Sky News: “We are not commenting on speculation.”

Nissan’s Sunderland plant employs about 6,000 workers.

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