New Qashqai hits half million milestone

Work on the second generation Qashqai at Nissan.
Work on the second generation Qashqai at Nissan.
0
Have your say

Nissan’s second generation Qashqai is a record-breaker 500,000 times over.

The Sunderland plant celebrated a record breaking milestone yesterday, as the 500,000th new-look Qashqai rolled off the production line. Qashqai hit the half-million mark in just 21 months, making it the fastest ever UK-built model to achieve the feat.

Half a million Qashqais in just 21 months is an astonishing achievement and proof that the Qashqai is hitting the spot with buyers.

Paul Willcox

Since its start of production in January 2014, a new Qashqai has been built every 62 seconds on the Sunderland factory’s Line 1, with nearly 100,000 delivered within the UK.

Yesterday’s announcement sees the Qashqai beat previous records set by the MK1 Ford Cortina, which took 34 months to hit the half million landmark, and the Austin/Morris 1100/1300 which reached the same total in 29 months.

Qashqai is the best-selling Crossover in Europe, with the UK its leading market followed by Italy and France.

Although originally designed for the European market, it’s not just at home where the Qashqai is a popular choice - the car is now in demand in 84 countries worldwide including Uganda, Zambia and Saint Kitts.

“The Nissan Qashqai is going from strength to strength,” said Paul Willcox, Chairman, Nissan Europe.

“Half a million Qashqais in just 21 months is an astonishing achievement and proof that the Qashqai is hitting the spot with buyers.

“Together with the pioneering first generation version, there are now more than 2.5 million Qashqais on the road in Europe, making Nissan the undisputed leader in the Crossover sector.”

Total global production of the Qashqai now tops 2.5 million. From late autumn 2015 the new Qashqai will also be manufactured in St. Petersburg for domestic sales in Russia.