In an attempt to keep pace with the growth of the crossover market and an increasing clientele, Nissan will increase production of its compact crossover.
Currently produced at its Sunderland plant on Line 1 alongside the all-electric Leaf, the Qashqai will be built on Line 2, joining the Juke, Note and Infiniti Q30, after an investment of £22 million (32$ million/€29 million) in all areas. Production at the second line is scheduled to commence by year’s end.
“When the first Qashqai came off the line in 2006, it created the crossover segment. Today it remains the benchmark for European customers, for its dynamic styling, exciting driving experience and innovative technology“, commented Clin Lawther, Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe.
Besides expanding assembly at Sunderland, Nissan is also celebrating the 30th anniversary of its plant, which has grown to become the largest UK car factory of all-time. This is where one in three of all cars made in Britain rolls off the line and, most importantly, supports nearly 40,000 jobs.
Vehicles like the Qashqai are designed, engineered and manufactured in the United Kingdom and are available not just in Europe but exported to over 130 markets worldwide. It is also also assembled in St. Petersburg, Russia, and in the Dongfeng-Nissan Huadu plant in China.