The Nissan Qashqai has emerged as the UK’s best-selling car of 2022, and the first British-built model to top the annual sales charts for 24 years.
Figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) confirm that the Washington-built Qashqai – which was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield and is built in Washington – was the nation’s best-selling car of the last 12 months.
A total of 42,704 new Qashqais were registered across the UK in 2022 and the figure for December alone stood at an impressive 3506, reported the SMMT. To celebrate the achievement, an exclusive gold-wrapped Qashqai was created in honour of the 7000 Nissan employees from around the UK that have contributed to its success.
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director of Nissan Motor (GB) Limited, said: ‘This is a landmark moment for a landmark car and it’s great to see how the latest generation Qashqai has struck a chord with car buyers here in the UK. We’re absolutely thrilled to see this car’s increasing success over the last 16 years, and it’s a fitting tribute to the skills and talents of Nissan’s excellent design, engineering, production and sales teams all around the UK.’
Three generations of Qashqai have been on sale in the UK since it was first launched in 2007, all of which have regularly appeared among individual month’s best-seller lists. However, this is the first time it’s been the year’s best-selling car overall, and the first time a Nissan has topped the annual sales charts.