Nissan investment 'vote of confidence'
19 December 2012 Last updated at 12:43 GMT
Nissan says it is investing £250m in Sunderland to make a small luxury car, creating "hundreds of jobs" in the UK.
The Infiniti model was penned by Nissan's design team in London and engineered at its technical centre in Bedfordshire.
Business Secretary Vince Cable visited the Sunderland plant and described the investment as a vote of confidence in Britain's car industry.