LONDON (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co has started production of its new Note car at Sunderland in northeast England, the Japanese group said on Monday.
The move follows a 125 million-pound ($198 million) investment at the site, which was secured with a 9.3 million-pound grant from the UK government's Regional Growth Fund.
Nissan also applied last month for permission to further extend its Sunderland factory, where it plans to produce its premium brand Infiniti from 2015.
The Sunderland plant, which made its first vehicle in 1986, produces around 500,000 vehicles annually. This is expected to increase to more than 550,000 in the coming years.
(Reporting by Ben Hirschler; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)