Matthew Ord | Digital Staff Writer | Insider Media

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Nissan Europe capped a record-breaking year with the production of the three millionth Sunderland-manufactured Qashqai.

The company’s most successful model in Europe, the Qashqai is one of four made on Wearside alongside the LEAF, Juke and INFINITI Q30 and QX30.

The landmark achievement comes as the company posted its best-ever full-year European sales, totalling 762,574 vehicles across Datsun and Nissan. The Qashqai itself had another record-breaking year, with sales growing by 1.2 per cent.

The Sunderland plant produced 346,856 units of the urban crossover, 265,520 of which were sold on the continent.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan divisional vice president for European manufacturing, said: “Nissan’s Sunderland factory in the UK has celebrated many remarkable achievements but in the plant’s 30-year history, there hasn’t been another car like the Qashqai.

“[It] was the original urban crossover and in the decade since we started production, the skill and expertise of our workforce here in Sunderland, combined with the enhanced design and interior quality improvements, have maintained the Qashqai’s leadership of the segment.” ….


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