Lawsuit alleges emissions defeat devices in Nissan's petrol cars

Theo Leggett

BBC International Business Correspondent

Nissan has been named in a lawsuit which alleges up to 1.4 million vehicles sold in Britain could be equipped with illegal defeat devices to cheat emissions tests.

They include a petrol-powered version of one of the UK's best-selling family cars, the Nissan Qashqai.

The law firm behind the case, Harcus Parker, claims that some cars produced up to 15 times the legal level of nitrogen oxides when used on the road.

Nissan and Renault, which is also named, deny the claims. Click here to read the full story.

The Nissan factory at Sunderland
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BreakingNearly 250 jobs to go at Nissan

Nissan has announced it will not be extending the contracts of almost 250 temporary workers at its Washington plant.

Production resumed earlier this month but the car-maker said it is facing a period of reduced volumes.

A statement said: "Nissan continually adjusts production to meet market demand.

"Given current business conditions in Europe we are facing a period of reduced volumes in our Sunderland plant.

"Unfortunately, therefore, we will not be extending the contracts of 248 temporary manufacturing staff at the plant."

Britain's largest car plant is "unsustainable" without a trade deal, said Ashwani Gupta.
Ashwani Gupta tells BBC Business Editor Simon Jack that the business would "not be sustainable".

Good news for Nissan in Washington as firm backs plant

Simon Jack

BBC Business Editor

This is good news. For today, Nissan workers can breathe a sigh of relief that Sunderland has been recognised as an important production facility for the future.

However, lots of questions remain. Nissan has identified Japan, North America and China as "core" markets - not Europe. In Europe, Nissan's alliance partner Renault will assume a greater role and influence in Europe at a time when the global car market will have to make very aggressive cost reductions.

The question may arise in the future - who is really in charge in Europe? If it's Renault, what does that mean for future investment in a post-Brexit UK? Nissan alone said it had capacity to make seven million cars when it only needs capacity for five million.

Only plants that can demonstrate an ability to be ruthless about cost will continue to attract investment. As Professor David Bailey tweeted this morning: "Once again, the workforce will have to pull out all the stops to work flexibly to get costs down".

So, some belt tightening ahead, but workers in Sunderland will be thankful they are not in the same position as their Spanish and Thai counterparts, who are seeing plants closed down.