BUSINESS leaders, unions and politicians have praised Nissan's decision to build its new car in Sunderland.
The Japanese firm said the Invitation model will be put together on Wearside, creating 2,000 jobs in the North East.
CBI director-general John Cridland said today: "This is brilliant news for jobs in the North East and a real boost for business investment in the UK.
"The Nissan Sunderland journey is a remarkable story, demonstrating British manufacturing capabilities at their best - excellent training, a committed, skilled workforce and brilliant, determined leadership.”
Unite union national officer Tony Murphy said: "This is a boost for skilled jobs and a lifeline for the local economy.
"The success of the British car industry is proof that, with the right support and investment, UK manufacturing can flourish.
"Nissan’s announcement is a testament to the UK’s car-building capability and the skills of the Sunderland workforce.
"Intervention to support industry works when it is done properly. The Government has taken a step in the right direction.
"We hope this is a sign that the coalition is getting serious about supporting manufacturing. The Government must now go further with a robust and interventionist strategy to defend and create jobs.”