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Low emission cars to be built in UK

18 Mar 2010

A new generation of low emission cars will be built in the UK by Ford and Nissan after the Government announced new packages for support today.

The Government has provided a £20.7m grant to support Nissan in battery plant and car production.

Nissan itself will commit more than £420m to its UK operations. It has plans to make up to 50,000 vehicles and 60,000 batteries a year. It will help safeguard and create over 550 highly skilled jobs at the Sunderland plant.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Nissan LEAF’s electric vehicle in London today, Business Secretary Lord Mandelson said:

"This investment is a fantastic vote of confidence in the Sunderland plant and its excellent workforce.

"The automotive sector is of key importance to the UK. It supports R&D, technological innovation, skills and a supply chain that's a mainstay of the wider manufacturing sector.

For more information, see the BIS press notice here.

Support for Ford’s low emission plans

Lord Mandelson also announced today that the Government has agreed to back Ford's proposed £1.5 billion investment over five years for development of a new generation of environmentally friendly engines and vehicle technologies.

The Government is to provide £360 million in loan guarantees towards six projects through its Automotive Assistance Programme (AAP).

Ford's plans will safeguard around 2,800 skilled jobs in the UK at its research and development centre at Dunton in Essex as well as its manufacturing plants in Dagenham, Southampton and Bridgend in South Wales.

Lord Mandelson said:

"Ford is a major investor in research and development in the UK. Its proposals represent further significant investment in the UK. The Government stands ready and willing to support these innovative R&D projects backed by a highly skilled workforce.

For more information see the BIS press notice here.

General Motors help

Government support for Nissan and Ford follows last week's announcement of a 300 million Euros loan guarantee to General Motors Europe, helping to secure the company's operations in the UK at Ellesmere Port, Luton and Millbrook and the rest of Europe.


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