What Car? has named the British designed, developed and manufactured Nissan Qashqai as its Car of the Year 2014. The 37th annual What Car? Awards were held at the Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane and the Qashqai also won the Best Small SUV category.
The new Qashqai has yet to go on sale in the UK, but it’s already expected to be a substantial hit given the Top 10 sales performance of the outgoing model, which constitutes the lion’s share of production at the UK’s largest car factory in Washington.
What Car? Editor-in-Chief, Chas Hallett, said: ‘The all-new Nissan Qashqai brings excellence and polish to a class of cars that is brimming with talent and tempting buys. The Qashqai delivers low costs and first-class levels of comfort, refinement, space and safety. Nissan has thought of every last detail and this complete approach is why the Qashqai is What Car?’s Car of the Year. The Nissan team should be justifiably proud of their achievement.’
Nissan Motor GB’s Managing Director, Jim Wright, added: ‘A huge amount of effort has gone into the design and engineering of the new car and we’re all extremely excited about creating the template for the second-generation crossover.’
The Range Rover Sport won the Best Large SUV category.