LONDON — Nissan will resume vehicle production at its U.K. plant in early June, the automaker said in a statement.
The plant is the largest car factory in the U.K. and Nissan’s largest in Europe. The Qashqai and Juke crossovers, and the Leaf electric car, are built at the facility in Sunderland, northeast England. Production fell 22 percent to 346,535 units last year.
Vehicle production at the plant was halted March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak. About 150 employees returned to work last week to begin engine production, Nissan said.
Nissan is waiting to see how car sales recover before ramping up the factory to full production.
“Our goal is to navigate through this crisis while maintaining activities critical for business continuity and to make sure we are prepared for the time when business resumes in Europe,” the company said.
Nissan will reopen its other European assembly plant in Barcelona, Spain, on May 4, it said last week.
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