Sunderland-built Nissan to be blazoned on Millennium Bridge as art exhibition celebrates the Qashqai

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AN exhibition celebrating the design of the award-winning Sunderland-made Nissan Qashqai launches this week.

The four-day Nissan Innovation and Excitement event opens on Saturday at Gateshead’s Baltic art gallery.

Rare concept images, a showreel about the car and the new Qashqai Crossover model will be at the centre of the exhibition which will act as a preview of the new vehicle’s launch at the firm’s Washington factory on January 22.

Visitors to the event on Saturday will also be able to speak informally with Nissan’s recruitment team about jobs with the company – with experienced maintenance professionals for both the vehicle and battery plants the focus of current recruitment activities.

Nissan’s vice president for manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick, said: “Nissan has created the next generation Crossover by redesigning Qashqai from the ground-up.

“We think it’s fitting to celebrate that design in one of Europe’s leading modern art galleries.

“The event will showcase the role of our design and technical centres in developing this innovative new model, as we move into full production at our Sunderland plant.

“At the same time we would like to invite anyone interested in working for Nissan to meet with members of our team, and give customers the chance to buy their next Nissan.”

Staff from the Benfield Nissan dealership will create Newcastle and Gateshead’s first city centre car showroom and the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated in Nissan’s signature red throughout the event.

Production of the new vehicle at Nissan Sunderland Plant was announced in 2011 following the soaraway success of the first generation Qashqai, which is the highest volume car made in Britain and has helped Nissan to become to biggest UK carmaker of all time, with plant production recently passing one million vehicles in two years.

Last week, the Echo reported that What Car? named the new Qashqai as its Car of the Year 2014 and best small SUV.