The British car industry may be a very different entity to several decades ago, with a majority of the cars built in the UK hailing from a foreign-owned company. However, these cars are rolling off UK production lines at a rapid pace.
The hugely popular Nissan Qashqai – one of the country’s bestselling cars – has been so successful in fact, that the two millionth model has just been produced, with one car being completed every 62 seconds. With the Qashqai requiring just eight years to hit this sales milestone, it romps into the record books as the fastest UK-built machine to hit the two million mark ever.
The Qashqai is helping Nissan to go from strength to strength in Europe. Two million customers can’t be wrong. This is further evidence of their trust in our brand.
The Qashqai’s huge sales success has helped to support more than 11,000 jobs in the UK, with the Japanese car company having invested £534 million in design, development and production of the model. Of the cars produced in the Sunderland factory since December 2006, 85 per cent of these have been exported to 132 markets across the globe – from Qatar to the Congo.
In comparison the Mini needed a decade to hit the same sales level, while the UK’s bestselling car – the Ford Fiesta – required 18 years, reports Autocar.
Paul Willcox, chairman, Nissan Europe, said: “The Qashqai is helping Nissan to go from strength to strength in Europe. Two million customers can’t be wrong. This is further evidence of their trust in our brand.
“The Qashqai is one of 12 new models we have launched in the past 12 months in Europe, which has given Nissan the strongest and most cohesive line-up in our history.”