Already the runaway leader in B-segment crossovers, with over 540,000 Jukes produced in the UK since 2010, Nissan has invested £20m in its Sunderland plant for production of this significantly revised model, enabling a series of design enhancements, new engines and technologies and a wide-ranging personalisation programme.
The launch of the new Juke completes the total refresh of the plant’s product line-up in just over a year, following the start of production of Nissan’s all-electric LEAF, new Note and new Qashqai in Sunderland, representing over £800m investment and supporting more than 38,000 UK automotive jobs.
It also coincides with a new recruitment drive for maintenance professionals to support a third year of 500,000 output at the plant, with 50 new posts available for experienced technicians to support high volumes across vehicle, powertrain and battery facilities.
Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick said: “The launch of the new Juke further strengthens Nissan’s command of the crossover market. With a new Qashqai and now a new Juke in production at Sunderland, the crossover has become part of this plant’s DNA.
“This significantly revised new Juke is another example of how we never stand still at Nissan, so we are looking for experienced maintenance professionals who can help us build on our recent achievements and support the efficient running of the plant.”
Positions currently being advertised within the maintenance department include electrical and mechanical maintenance technician and supervisor positions. The website www.careersatnissan.co.uk has details of all current vacancies.
The extensive changes on the new Juke include; a new design at the front and rear, a new downsized DIG-T 115 turbocharged engine offering greater performance, economy and lower emissions, a revised DIG-T 190 engine, advanced equipment including a new audio system, the latest generation NissanConnect driver-vehicle interface, Nissan Safety Shield, Nissan’s Dynamic Control system, plus a new open-air panoramic glass roof.
Space in the luggage area has increased by 40 per cent in two-wheel drive versions, and the new personalisation programme called ‘Nissan Design Studio’, offers a range of new colours, interior and exterior themes.
The new Juke is on sale now in the UK and across all European markets in the coming weeks.