James Ramsbotham, chief executive, North East England Chamber of Commerce said: This is fantastic news and a real vote of confidence in the management, workforce and supply chain of Nissan here in North East England.

“This announcement is also going to guarantee employment for thousands of people in the region and is a great testament to the hard work which goes into making this plant such a motor manufacturing global success story.

“Nissan’s statement strengthens further our reputation as a national leader in exporting and highlights how great a place North East England is to invest.”