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New line for Nissan

Thursday 31 January 2013 6:00

Nissan's latest SUV model, the Juke Nismo, has entered production at the company's Wearside plant.

The manufacturing teams have reportedly integrated the new model into the existing production line after modifications at the plant for production of the front and rear bumpers.

The Juke Nismo features a more aerodynamic body kit, driver-focused interior upgrades and a more powerful turbocharged engine. Stiffer suspension and modified steering creates sportier handling and improved traction.

Since its launch in 2010, more than 330,000 Jukes have been built at Nissan’s North East plant, with around 80% of production being exported, mainly to mainland Europe.

Last year the plant set a new production record despite the slump in the market, making 510,000 cars in 2012.

Darryl Scriven, lead designer for Nissan Europe, said early input on the design of the new Juke came from Nissan’s studio in Paddington, London. “It was really important to make something that looked stronger but wasn’t more complicated,” he told the press.