Nissan has announced it is to manufacture its new Infiniti model in Sunderland in the UK.
The Japanese carmaker will invest £250 million to build its new version of its luxury brand in the UK, with production expected to begin from 2015. Nissan said building the new version in the UK would create around 1,000 jobs across the country, including 280 new jobs at the Sunderland Plant, which will have a capacity to produce 60,000 Infiniti models per year.
Colin Dodge, Nissan's executive vice president and chief performance officer, said: "This milestone, our first premium product to be manufactured at Sunderland, reconfirms our commitment to UK manufacturing and the ongoing success of the plant, which is moving up the value chain.
"Just as important, the new Infiniti, which will be exported around the world, is being developed with help from our London design centre and our European Technical Centre."
Britain's business secretary Vince Cable said: "Sunderland will be the only place in the world to make this new premium compact car. Nissan in the UK goes from strength to strength - not only will the new car be made here and exported all over the world, the UK has already contributed to its design and development."