Nissan could reduce number of shifts at Sunderland car plant and put 400 jobs at risk

Nissan is considering scaling back production shifts at its major plant in Sunderland threatening 400 jobs in the North East, according to reports from Sky News.

The assembly line building Qashqais – the UK’s long-standing best-selling SUV – and Leaf electric cars may have its number of daily shifts reduced to two from three, the news source claimed.

The Japanese car maker confirmed earlier this year that it was cancelling plans to produce the next-generation X-Trail at the UK factory due to the declining demand for diesel cars and Brexit concerns.

Nissan UK currently employs around 7,000 people at the Sunderland car plant

Nissan has been under close scrutiny in the last few months following the arrest of former chairman Carlos Ghosn at the end of 2018. 

The tycoon was arrested on November 19 over suspicions of financial misconduct.

It has been confirmed today that Ghosn has been released from a Japanese prison after successfully posting his 1 billion yen (£6.8 million) bail. 

Ghosn stands accused of moving $15 million (£11.4 million) of personal losses to the car company’s accounts.