The car industry of the United Kingdom is set to endure yet another blow in the coming week when Nissan announces that it will be cancelling the plans of the company to manufacture its X-Trail model at its Sunderland plant. Reportedly, the SUV model will now not be built at its U.K. plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear.
In a report that was published by Sky News, the executives of the car company are scheduled to make the said announcement on Monday. It casts more doubt over the future investment of Nissan in the United Kingdom.
The revelation comes following the confirmation of Ford last Friday that it would be cutting approximately 370 jobs at its Bridgend plant as it attempts to restructure its production across the United Kingdom and Europe.
The exact details regarding the announcement of the Japanese car-maker are still not clear, however, the report of Sky News explained that it will initially back out of its plans to produce the X-Trail model, which the company confirmed way back in 2016.
None of the 7,000 jobs at the plant in Sunderland are believed to be under threat from the decision since it was involving future investment, however, it is considered to be more bad news for the industry with less than eight weeks until the 29th of March, the day when the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union. The loss of X-Trail production puts the long-term future of the Washington plant in doubt and the additional jobs that would have been created by building the SUV will not arrive on Wearside anymore.
Currently, Nissan is considered to be the second largest car-maker in the United Kingdom and it produces the Leaf, its electric car, and a number of other models such as the Juke and CX30 in the North East, with a total of 440,000 vehicles produced there in during the previous year.