Milestone for Nissan’s pioneering crossover as Qashqai reaches new production milestone in record time.
The Nissan Qashqai has made automotive history after the two millionth car rolled off the production line.
Less than eight years after “inventing the crossover segment”, Qashqai reached its latest manufacturing milestone quicker than any other model in the history of the UK car industry.
Designed, engineered and built in Nissan’s UK facilities for European customers, the Qashqai supports more than 11,000 Nissan UK support jobs.
“The Qashqai is helping Nissan to go from strength to strength in Europe. Two million customers can’t be wrong,” said Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe.
“The Qashqai is one of 12 new models we have launched in the past 12 months in Europe, which has given Nissan the strongest and most cohesive line-up in our history.”
The two millionth Qashqai to roll off the production line was a magnetic red model in the new n-tec grade which is destined for a UK customer.
Introduced last month, the new grade includes unique new styling features as well as Nissan Safety Shield technologies like Forward Emergency Braking, Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Assist.
Nissan has invested £534 million in the design, development and production of Qashqai in the UK, supporting more than 11,000 jobs in the UK car industry.
Of the two million Qashqais made in Sunderland since December 2006, 85% (1,706,633) have been exported to 132 international markets, from the Congo to Qatar.
UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, said: “Nissan is one of the driving forces behind the UK’s world-renowned automotive industry.
“The UK automotive industry is thriving. Last year, we increased our production to more than 1.5 million cars in the UK – that’s a car rolling off the production line every 20 seconds.”
Qashqai is made alongside the all-electric LEAF on Line 1 at Nissan Sunderland Plant, which has been on round-the-clock, three-shift production since 2010 in order to meet customer demand, with a car currently rolling off the production line every 62 seconds – or 58 per hour.
Total global production of the Qashqai now tops 2.5 million, with the first generation Qashqai also made by Nissan in China and Japan. From 2015, the new Qashqai will also be manufactured in Nissan’s plant in St. Petersburg for domestic sales in Russia.
The Qashqai is now closing in on the Micra as the highest volume car in the history of Nissan Sunderland Plant, with 2,368,704 Micras made in Sunderland over an 18-year period from 1992 to 2010.
One in three cars built in the UK is a Nissan, which has been Britain’s biggest car producer since 1998.