By Jonathan Davies

Nissan has announced plans to invest £100 million in its UK plant in Sunderland to produce the new Juke model.

The Japanese car maker said the investment will give "security to our Sunderland plant beyond 2020". Around 6,700 jobs will be directly secured as a result of the investment and a further 27,000 in the supply chain.

Last year, the Sunderland plant built 500,000 cars, including the Juke, Qashqai, Note and electric Leaf models, making it the largest car plant in the UK.

Chancellor George Osborne described it as "fantastic news" and "an important sign of Britain being chosen as a global leader in car production".

Nissan Europe chairman Paul Wilcox told the BBC that he believes the Sunderland plant is "probably the most productive in Europe and, I'd argue, globally".