Nissan will not continue building the next-generation X-Trail SUV at its Sunderland plant in the UK, blaming "uncertainty" surrounding Britain's impending exit from the European Union.
First reported by industry journal Automotive News Europe, the manufacturer will only build the next-gen crossover in Japan, making its home country the global production hub for its top-selling SUV model.
"While we have taken this decision for business reasons, the continued uncertainty around the UK’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future," said Gianluca de Ficchy, chairman for Nissan Europe.
Despite this, the next-generation Juke and Qashqai will continue to call Sunderland home, while other models currently produced at the UK facility include the Nissan Leaf along with the Infiniti Q30 and QX30.
Nissan's Sunderland plant is currently the largest vehicle factory in the UK, producing around 30 per cent of the nation's total 1.52 million unit vehicle output. Most of those vehicles, however, are exported to European markets.
The announcement comes just days after a free-trade agreement between Europe and Japan came into force, removing the previous 10 per cent import tariff imposed on Japanese cars in Europe.
According to the report, X-Trail sales fell 31 per cent last year to 47,923 units.
In terms of Australia, our supply should be unaffected as local X-Trail models are sourced from Japan.