Plant starts production of new Nissan Quashqai+2.

The new car brings the total number of new model launches at Sunderland within the last five years to five. As if that weren’t enough, earlier this year, Nissan’s CEO and President, Carlos Ghosn, confirmed a new compact crossover car will be produced at Sunderland in 2010.

The Qashqai+2 hopes to build on the success of the original. Designed and engineered in Europe, it has been constructed to suit customers’ tastes across the European market.

Following its unveiling at last month’s British International Motor Show, it is clear that it will build on the practicality and versatility of the original award-winning Qashqai,and yet will offer more space and a flexible seven-seat configuration.

Trevor Mann, senior vice president for manufacturing, Europe, said: “In total, we expect our production target for both versions of Qashqai to be around 270,000 cars in the 2008 financial year, but of course this depends on the market.

"This level of volume will contribute to another record production year at our Sunderland plant, with an estimated 450,000 vehicles coming off the line."

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