March 5, 2019 / 5:23 PM / in 2 months

Nissan may cut capacity at UK car plant: Sky News

A Nissan logo is displayed at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland March 5, 2019. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy

LONDON (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Nissan is considering cancelling shifts at its major plant in Sunderland in northeast England, threatening 400 jobs, broadcaster Sky News reported on Tuesday.

A production line making Qashqai sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and Leaf electric cars may have its number of daily shifts reduced to two from three, Sky said, adding that Nissan described this as “rumour or speculation”.

Earlier on Tuesday, Germany’s BMW said it could move some production of engines and its Mini model out of Britain if the country does not secure an orderly departure from the European Union.

Nissan recently cancelled plans to build a new version of its X-Trail SUV in Sunderland.

Reporting by David Milliken; editing by Stephen Addison

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