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Nissan Abandons Pledge to Make SUV in U.K., Citing Brexit

  • Automaker to continue SUV’s production in Kyushu, Japan
  • Liberal-Democrat leader calls action a ‘psychological blow’
The production line at the Nissan Motor Co. production plant in Sunderland, U.K.

The production line at the Nissan Motor Co. production plant in Sunderland, U.K.

Photographer: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

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Nissan Motor Co. abandoned a plan to make the X-Trail sport-utility vehicle at the U.K.’s biggest auto factory, saying uncertainty over Brexit isn’t helping on future investment.

"We appreciate this will be disappointing for our U.K. team and partners," Nissan Europe Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy said in a statement Sunday. “While we have taken this decision for business reasons, the continued uncertainty around the U.K.’s future relationship with the EU is not helping companies like ours to plan for the future.”