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Nissan's Sunderland plant announces 50 new jobs

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Image caption Nissan said it needs extra staff to work on luxury car division Infiniti

Car firm Nissan has announced it is creating 50 new jobs at its Sunderland plant.

The company, which already employs about 6,500 workers, has launched a recruitment drive for engineers and maintenance staff.

It said it needed extra employees to work on Nissan's luxury car division Infiniti.

The firm recently celebrated its seven millionth car rolling off its production line on Wearside.

Trevor Mann, Nissan's head of production in Europe, said the reputation of the Wearside plant was being recognised abroad.

He said: "The parent company places trust in the plant in terms of breeding the, if you like, Nissan DNA to overseas plants. So it's a bit of a feather in the cap and a reward for many many years hard work."

Business Secretary Vince Cable visited the Sunderland plant in December when Nissan announced it was investing £250m into the site, which it said would create "hundreds of jobs".

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