Coronavirus: Nissan Extends Production Break at Sunderland Plant


Nissan Qashqai vehicle in its Sunderland plant

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Nissan was preparing to produce a new version of the popular Qashqai.

Suspension of production at the Nissan auto plant in Sunderland due to a coronavirus will continue throughout April, the company said.

The plant, which employs 7,000 people, manufactures the Qashqai, Juke and LEAF electric models.

This production was suspended two weeks ago.

The majority of the staff will be released, 80% of their salary being paid by the government and Nissan to supplement the rest.

Last month, Japanese automaker bosses said they were considering a government request to help make fans for the NHS to fight the virus.

The site, open since 1986, produced nearly 350,000 British 1.3m cars last year.

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