Nissan has now built more Qashqais than any other car in its three decades of manufacturing in Europe. Production at Washington has recently surpassed the previous highest single-name manufacturing total. That record was 2,368,704 units, previously held by the Micra.
The Qashqai reached 2,368,705 units to overtake the Micra in less than ten years. Nissan’s Washington plant continues to produce around 1200 Qashqais every day and, by the end of February 2016, the total stood at 2,398,134 units. No other car in the history of the UK car industry has gone beyond two million units in such a short period of time.
Styled and engineered for European customers in Nissan’s UK-based design and technical centres, the Qashqai is Nissan’s top-selling car in Europe. It’s also the best-selling crossover in Europe, requiring round-the-clock production since 2010. Today, a new Qashqai is built every 62 seconds – or 58 per hour.
Colin Lawther, Nissan’s Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe, said: ‘The Qashqai created an entirely new segment when it was first launched and continues to set the standard in crossovers, supporting a record period of growth for Nissan in Europe.’
Later in 2016, Nissan will be celebrating the 30th anniversary its Washington facility, the UK’s most industrious car factory. It now manufactures the Qashqai and Juke, the LEAF, the Note hatchback and the new Infiniti Q30 there.