The Qashqai crossover has just become Nissan’s highest-volume car ever in Europe in its three decades of production in the region.
Nissan announced it built more Qashqai crossovers than any other car in its three decades of European production. The output at the Sunderland plant in the UK has recently surpassed the previous highest single-name manufacturing total. That previous record was for 2,368,704 units, held by Nissan’s Micra city car. But the Qashqai managed to overtake the supermini in less than 10 years, to reach 2,368,705 units. “The Qashqai created an entirely new segment when it was first launched and continues to set the standard in crossovers, supporting a record period of growth for Nissan in Europe,” Colin Lawther, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe, said. “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,” he added.
The compact crossover is a massive sales hit for Nissan, as the Qashqai is the company’s most-wanted car in Europe and also the best-selling model in the segment on the continent. In September 2015 the second-generation became the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to hit the half-million production mark and these days a new Qashqai is built every 62 seconds, or 58 per hour, at the Sunderland site. At the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month, Nissan has announced that, from next year, the Qashqai will be the automakers’s first vehicle in Europe to feature ‘Piloted Drive’ technology, a system that will allow the car to drive autonomously in a single lane in heavy traffic on highways.
Later in 2016, Nissan will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Sunderland facility, which now builds the Qashqai and Juke crossovers, the electric LEAF, the Note hatchback and the new Infiniti Q30 premium compact car.