Nissan Ditches Plan to Make X-Trail in Britain


London, Feb. 3 (Jiji Press)--Japan's Nissan Motor Co. <7201> said Sunday it has ditched a plan to produce the next-generation X-Trail SUV for the European market at its Sunderland plant in Britain.

The automaker will make the new X-Trail in Kyushu, southwestern Japan. Meanwhile, its plan to make the next-generation Qashqai at the Sunderland plant remains intact.

"A model like X-Trail is manufactured in multiple locations globally, and can therefore be reevaluated based on changes to the business environment," Hideyuki Sakamoto, executive vice president for manufacturing and supply chain management, said in a statement.

"As always, Nissan has to make optimal use of its global investments for the benefits of its customers," he continued.

In Britain, concerns are mounting over its planned exit from the European Union at the end of March. Manufacturers and other businesses are moving at least part of their British operations to other countries.

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