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Nissan's Qashqai Has Become the Brand's Highest Volume Car Ever in Europe

Nissan is celebrating a production milestone in Europe. The Qashqai crossover has become its highest-volume car on the Old Continent.
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As Nissan details, the Japanese brand has manufactured over 2,368,705 units of the Qashqai in the last decade, surpassing the Micra as the company’s European highest-volume model.

All of these cars were made by Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom. By the end of last month, the production total has reached 2,398,134 units.

The Nissan Qashqai has become the first car in UK history to go beyond two million units in such a brief interval. After all, they make around 1,200 Qashqai units every day, so it was a matter of time until the Japanese brand reached this milestone. On average, Nissan builds a Qashqai every 62 seconds. That means that 58 new Nissan Qashqai cars are built every hour.

In the last decade, Nissan made 1,482,214 units of the old Qashqai, along with 270,018 Qashqai+2 cars. The current-generation Qashqai had been manufactured in 645,902 units by the end of February 2016.

The Qashqai is the model that propelled the Japanese brand’s sales in Europe since the first generation came to market. At first, the decision to replace a compact hatchback with a crossover was seen as controversial, but Nissan proved everyone wrong twice. First, with the Qashqai and its commercial success, and then with the Juke and the birth of an extremely popular niche of the automotive market.

Later this year, Nissan will celebrate 30 years of manufacturing in the United Kingdom at their Sunderland facility. Currently, the factory builds the Qashqai and Juke crossovers, along with the LEAF, the Note, and the Infiniti Q30.

The clock on Nissan Micra production in Europe stopped in 2010, when the Japanese supermini moved its manufacturing line to India. However, Nissan will build the all-new Micra in Europe once the model reaches its next generation. The upcoming Micra will be made at Renault’s factory in Flins, France.

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