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Nissan Drops Night Shift at U.K. Assembly Plant

Nissan Motor Co. says it is dropping the night shift on both production lines at its assembly plant in Sunderland, England.
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Nissan Motor Co. says it is dropping the night shift on both production lines at its assembly plant in Sunderland, England.

The move will reassign about 2,200 night-shift workers without reducing overall employment at the complex, according to the Financial Times.

Sunderland has been operating around the clock with three shifts. Nissan says the adjustment in manpower is necessary to support the plant’s launch of the redesigned Juke small crossover vehicle.

The factory also makes the Qashqai crossover vehicle and Leaf electric sedan. Nissan affirms its plans to build the next-generation Qashqai at Sunderland, refuting an FT report last week to the contrary.

FT cited sources who warn that a “hard” British exit from the European Union could push Nissan to move Qashqai production out of the U.K. entirely. Doing so would threaten the long-term viability of the factory because the Qashqai accounts for two-thirds of Sunderland’s annual output of 440,000 vehicles.

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