Nissan has made automotive history after the two millionth Qashqai has rolled off the production line in less than eight years.
As a result, the Qashqai crossover has reached this milestone faster than any other model in the history of the UK automotive industry.
This marks the latest achievement for Nissan and for the Qashqai, after the latest version of the popular model was released in January to wide praise and a string of accolades.
The two millionth Qashqai to be produced was a magnetic red model in the recently introduced new N-tec trim, which features Nissan’s full suite of Safety Shield technology.
Produced at Nissan’s plant in Sunderland, which also manufactures the all-electric LEAF, the Qashqai is manufactured constantly on a round-the-clock production basis since 2010.
1 car every 62 seconds
Nissan estimates that a car rolls off the Sunderland production line every 62 seconds, which means that a total of 58 new cars are produced at the facility each and every hour.
Paul Willcox, Nissan Europe’s chairman, said: “The Qashqai is helping Nissan to go from strength to strength in Europe. Two million customers can’t be wrong.
“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.”
A total of £534 million has been invested into the design, development and production of the Qashqai in the UK, which supports more than 11,000 jobs within the UK car industry.
Of the two million models produced in Sunderland, an estimated 85 per cent of them have been exported to foreign markets, in 132 different countries.
Vince Cable, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: “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.
“Through the UK government’s industrial strategy we are backing the automotive sector as it goes from strength to strength. We are providing the right environment to give businesses the confidence to invest and create high-skilled jobs.”
The new Qashqai is available to buy now, priced between £17,595 for the entry-level Visia trim and £27,845 for the range-topping Tekna model.
Standard equipment across the range includes automatic air conditioning, cruise control and a five-inch infotainment screen, plus various drive assistance aids including a tyre pressure monitoring system.