Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of Nissan and its sister company Renault has told the BBC that he will reconsider the Japanese car maker’s investment in the UK if Britain leaves the European Union. However, he added that he considered that scenario to be unlikely.
He was speaking in Sunderland, where Nissan employs 6,500 workers in what is reckoned to be Europe’s leanest and most efficient car plant and on the day the company unveiled its new Qashqai model (pictured)‘reinventing’ the pioneer crossover car it launched seven years ago.
When asked how Nissan would react if the UK were to leave the EU, Mr Ghosn said: “If anything has to change, we [would] need to reconsider our strategy and our investments for the future.”
Mr Ghosn praised the company’s Sunderland plant as one of the most productive in Europe and told the BBC that Nissan was “blessed” to own the plant where the Qashqai – which is Nissan’s best-selling car in Europe with sales of more than 240,000 last year – accounts for half the output. The new model “ensures” a lot of jobs in the city, he added.
More than a dozen years ago, Ghosn had put pressure on the UK to adopt the euro.
Copyright Ken Hurst 2013