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Nissan has announced a new compact model to be built at it's Sunderland factory. Could be the new Note? When we were on the tour the guys said the contract for the Note was due to end this year and they had to bid against all other Nissan plants to tender for the new model. Fantastic news for the plant, really pleased for them.

From the BBC;

Nissan is to build a new compact model, called the Invitation, at its Sunderland factory.The official announcement will be made later at the Geneva motor show.The Japanese carmaker said that its £125m investment would create 2,000 jobs. The government is supporting the project with a £9.3m grant.Nissan said that 400 of the new jobs would be in its Sunderland plant, and it estimates 1,600 jobs will be created in the supply chain."When we've looked at the numbers before, it's usually for every one person employed in the facility there is four in the local supply base," Trevor Mann, managing director of Nissan UK told BBC News.Production of the new compact car is scheduled to start from mid-2013.'Very positive'Business Secretary Vince Cable told the BBC that the news was "a really great announcement".He added: "It is very positive, but you can't see this in isolation, because the other big car companies have also made major commitments to the UK."Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, BMW Mini, are all putting in more money and bringing back supply chain."The additional investment in Nissan's Sunderland facility will increase its workforce to 6,000, a record high for the factory.The plant currently makes Nissan's Qashqai, Juke and Note models, producing 480,000 vehicles in 2011.
 

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Here is the link to the MSN article for this new car's appearance at the Geneva Expo http://cars.uk.msn.com/motorshows/geneva-motor-show-2012/new-nissan-invitation-crossover-mpv-concept complete with photos from every angle.
Personally, I'm sad...the Invitation looks like every other damn generic supermini on the road. Take away the badge and it could be a Hyundai 110, Fiesta, pick your own candidate. I like the Note because there is nothing else quite like it on the road, and it always provokes a reaction, even if sometimes it's the hoary old 'shopping trolley' chestnut. They soon shut up when I take them for a blast in it...the bugger corners like it's on rails and the load space is vast with the back seats down, and as for rear legroom! It always leaves a good impression and changes a lot of opinions...one of my neighbours has recently bought one after originally LAUGHING at mine...then I gave him the keys. He ain't laughing now....except at how good his new Tekna is!





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