Nissan has set a new record with their renowned Qashqai building more than any other car in its three decades of manufacturing in Europe.
The previous record set by another of Nissan’s European icons, the Micra supermini has been surpassed by the award-winning crossover. Manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland factory in the UK the Nissan Qashqai reached 2,368,705 units to overtake the Micra in less than ten years.The Sunderland factory continues to produce around 1,200 Qashqais every day, and by the end of February 2016 the total stood at 2,398,134 units. No other car in the history of the UK car industry has gone beyond the 2m unit mark in such a short period of time.
Colin Lawther, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management, in Europe, said: “The Qashqai created an entirely new segment when it was first launches and continues to set the standard in crossovers.”
“The Micra is an iconic model for Nissan in Europe, made for 18 years in our Sunderland plant. To overtake it in half the time shows just how quickly our European customers have taken Qashwai to their hearts.”
Following a long line of awards, demand for the Nissan Qashqai shows no signs of slowing down. The Qashqai is Nissan’s top-selling car in Europe and is also the best-selling crossover in Europe, requiring round-the-clock production since 2010. In September 2015 the second-generation Qashqai became the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to break the half-million production mark and today a new Qashqai is built every 62 seconds at the Sunderland site.
Not stopping there, the Nissan Qashqai will also be the first Nissan vehicle in Europe to feature ‘Piloted Drive’ technology. This innovative technology allows the car to drive autonomously and safely in a single lane in heavy traffic conditions on highways with other developments also set to follow.
Lawther added: “Qashqai has propelled our Sunderland plant to become the biggest UK car plant of all time and taken Nissan sales in Europe to record levels. With autonomous technologies on the way from next year, Qashqai is helping Nissan raise the bar even higher for crossovers.”
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