Nissan recently celebrated a record-breaking milestone as the 500,000th Qashqai rolls off the production line in Sunderland, UK in a record-breaking of only 21 months. The Nissan Qashqai crossover is now the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to smash the half million production mark.
Since its start of production in January 2014, a new Qashqai has been built every 62 seconds on the Sunderland factory’s Line 1, with nearly 100,000 (20%) of these being delivered within the UK.
The recent announcement also sees the Qashqai beat previous records set by the MK1 Ford Cortina, which took 34 months to hit the half million landmark, and the Austin/Morris 1100/1300 which reached the same total in 29 months.
Although originally designed for the European market, it’s not just Europe where the crossover is a popular choice – the Qashqai is now in demand in 84 countries worldwide including Uganda, Zambia, and Saint Kitts, just to name a few.
Total global production of the Qashqai now tops 2.5 million. From late autumn 2015 the new Qashqai will also be manufactured in St. Petersburg for domestic sales in Russia.