Car manufacturer Nissan Motors has revealed plans to create 200 jobs in the north-east of England.
The Japanese-owned firm needs the extra staff to help work on the company's new Qashqai model at the Washington plant in Sunderland.
The company already employs approximately 4,000 members of staff at its Washington factory, which makes over half of all Nissan cars sold in Europe.
A Nissan spokeswoman said that the company is "looking to take on 200 manufacturing staff on temporary contracts to work on the new model".
She added that there is "real potential" in the possibility of the contracts being extended.
Nissan hopes to produce about 100,000 of the cars per year in a deal which comes as a boost to the British car manufacturing industry.
The collapse of MG Rover last year led to the loss of around 5,000 jobs at its Longbridge plant, although around 1,000 of these are expected to be recouped when Nanjing Automobile, the Chinese firm who bought the rights to two former Rover models' technologies, eventually re-opens the plant.
Despite revealing its new model today shares in Nissan Motors fell by 1.08 per cent on morning trading in the Nasdaq stock exchange.