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Nissan announces new model boost for Sunderland plant

Nissan has announced it is building a new model at its British plant, safeguarding thousands of jobs.

The Sunderland plant will make a yet-to-be-named compact 5-door hatchback.

Around 1,000 employees will work on the vehicle, including up to 200 new staff.

Nissan has invested £125m in the project, with £24m going on preparation at the plant and its suppliers. The company expects to be building around 100,000 units a year once production begins in January 2006.

Sunderland already make Micras, Almeras and Primeras, and from next Septernber they will also be producing Micra C+Cs.

Nissan executive vice president Patrick Pelata said the new car would be based on the `Tone' concept unveiled at the Paris Motor Show which started today.

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