Production has started of the 12th new vehicle to be made at Nissan's car plant in Sunderland.
The Juke crossover vehicle is part of a £57m investment in the Wearside facility by the Japanese car giant.
More than 1,000 jobs have been safeguarded and a further 2,000 are thought to have been created across Nissan's supply base.
Production of the Juke follows Nissan's launch of its Qashqai crossover vehicle three years ago.
In January 2009 Nissan shed 1,200 jobs at Sunderland because of the global downturn.
A year later it took back 400 staff to work on the Qashqai, taking the plant' s workforce to 4,200.
The Juke, which was created in Nissan centres in the UK and Japan, will go on sale in the UK in October.