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Nissan scraps X-Trail output plan in UK, says Brexit issue not helping

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  • Mayumi Watanabe
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  • Jonathan Dart
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Tokyo — UK Business Secretary Greg Clark said Nissan Motor's announcement Sunday it is scrapping its plan to manufacture X-Trail model in the UK, adding that uncertainty over Brexit is straining automakers was a blow.

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Nissan initially planned to manufacture X-Trail, one of its bestselling sports utility models, at its Sunderland plant in the UK.

"The company has decided to optimize its investments in Europe by consolidating X-Trail production in Kyushu, Japan...While we have taken this decision for business reasons, the continued uncertainty around the UK's future relationship with the European Union is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future," Nissan Europe Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said.

Nissan will continue to produce electric passenger vehicle model Leaf at the Sunderland plant, the company said.

The UK is the largest European market for Nissan, selling 116,914 cars in 2018.

"Nissan's announcement is a blow to the sector and the region, as this was to be a further significant expansion of the site and the workforce. The company has confirmed that no jobs will be lost...We are determined to make the UK a leader in the next generation of autonomous and electric vehicles through the Automotive Sector Deal," Clark said.

-- Mayumi Watanabe, mayumi.watanabe@spglobal.com

-- Edited by Jonathan Dart, newsdesk@spglobal.com

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