Nissan announced on Friday that it will begin producing a refreshed version of its Juke SUV at its Sunderland, England, plant. This marks the third model to be assembled at the factory in just under two years.
The Juke (pronounced Yeh-NEE-KEE) was originally launched in 2014 as a crossover SUV — the world’s fastest-growing vehicle category — before being dramatically reimagined for the 2019 model. In 2016, the company debuted the larger X-Trail model.
The Sunderland plant currently employs 4,300 workers. The plant will spend up to $80 million (roughly £60 million) to revamp its assembly lines and make structural upgrades, as well as buying sophisticated new machinery. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa said in a press release: “When we build a vehicle at Nissan, it means not only creating jobs at our factory, but also that jobs will be created at suppliers to every one of the components that go into our vehicles. And this means that if our customers like our vehicles, there will also be more jobs in the supply chain.”
This story was originally published by The Christian Science Monitor.