Nissan deal 'shows confidence' in UK manufacturing
10 April 2012 Last updated at 07:31 BST
Nissan's new hatchback is to be produced at its Sunderland plant, showing a "vote of confidence" in the plant according to vice president of Nissan manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick.
The model, which has not yet been named, could lead to the creation of 225 jobs at the factory and a further 900 in the supply chain by 2014.
The company's £127m investment is being supported by £8.2m from the government's regional growth fund.