NISSAN’S new baby goes public today.
The car giant is unveiling the new-look Qashqai to an invited audience in London this afternoon before it goes into full production at the Sunderland plant early next year.
It is more than two years since the motor giant’s global president, Carlos Ghosn, announced the Sunderland factory was to produce a successor to its best-selling model.
Hopes are high for the new model.
The all-British Qashqai – Nissan’s first model to be designed, engineered and built here in the UK – has exceeded all expectations, selling more than 2million cars during its six-year lifespan.
The Qashqai is the third new model to go into production at the plant in recent months.
The Sunderland factory began building the all-electric Leaf in March and a new version of the Note in September.
And there is more still to come.
Nissan began work last month on a new extension to the plant as it gears up for production of the first model for the firm’s luxury Infiniti marque to be built on Wearside.
Nissan’s Kevin Fitzpatrick, responsible for manufacturing at the Wearside plant, is confident no stone has been left unturned to ensure the new-look Qashqai proves as big a hit with customers as the original.
“The car has been such a big success for the company, and it is such an important product for the company that the production designers will get it right,” he said.