- Innovative and revised Juke now in production
- Further £20m investment in UK manufacturing
- 50 new maintenance jobs announced at Sunderland Plant
Sunderland, UK, June 26, 2014: Boasting fresh design features and packed with extra technology, Nissan’s new and improved Juke is now in production for Europe.
Already the runaway leader in B-segment crossovers, with over 540,000 Jukes produced in the UK since 2010, Nissan has invested £20m in its Sunderland plant for production of this significantly revised model, enabling a series of design enhancements, new engines and technologies and a wide-ranging personalisation programme.
The launch of the new Juke completes the total refresh of the plant’s product line-up in just over a year, following the start of production of Nissan’s all-electric LEAF, new Note and new Qashqai in Sunderland, representing over £800m investment and supporting more than 38,000 UK automotive jobs.
It also coincides with a new recruitment drive for maintenance professionals to support a third year of 500,000 output at the plant, with 50 new posts available for experienced technicians to support high volumes across vehicle, powertrain and battery facilities.
Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “The launch of the new Juke further strengthens Nissan’s command of the crossover market. With a new Qashqai and now a new Juke in production at Sunderland, the crossover has become part of this plant’s DNA.
“This significantly revised new Juke is another example of how we never stand still at Nissan, so we are looking for experienced maintenance professionals who can help us build on our recent achievements and support the efficient running of the plant.”
Positions currently being advertised within the maintenance department include electrical and mechanical maintenance technician and supervisor positions. The website www.careersatnissan.co.uk has details of all current vacancies.
The extensive changes on the new Juke include; a new design at the front and rear, a new downsized DIG-T 115 turbocharged engine offering greater performance, economy and lower emissions, a revised DIG-T 190 engine, advanced equipment including a new audio system, the latest generation NissanConnect driver-vehicle interface, Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan’s Dynamic Control system, plus a new open-air panoramic glass roof.
Space in the luggage area has increased by 40 per cent in two-wheel drive versions, and the new personalisation programme called ‘Nissan Design Studio’, offers a range of new colours, interior and exterior themes.
The new Juke is on sale now in the UK and across all European markets in the coming weeks.
About Nissan in the UK
One in three cars built in the UK is a Nissan, which has been Britain’s biggest car producer since 1998. More then £3.5bn has been invested in Nissan’s world-renowned Sunderland Plant, which started production in 1986 and now exports 80% of production to more than 130 markets.
Other UK operations include Nissan’s European Design Centre in Paddington, London, Nissan’s Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and Nissan’s UK Sales and Marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Through these sites and in UK dealerships Nissan currently employs 12,000 people in Britain, supporting a further 26,000 jobs in UK suppliers.
Current production at Nissan Sunderland Plant includes the Nissan Qashqai, the 100% electric Nissan LEAF, the Nissan Note and Nissan Juke. Also announced for future production at the plant is a new premium compact model, the Q30, under the Infiniti brand.
About Nissan in Europe
Nissanhas one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations.
Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the worlds most popular Electric Vehicle with 97% performance satisfaction and 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.
ABOUT NISSAN MOTOR CO.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50% share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.