Qashqai “proving extremely popular”

Nissan’s new Qashqai model is proving "extremely popular", the manufacturer has announced, and production of the crossover SUV will be increased as a result.

A further £2.4 million will be invested in Nissan’s Sunderland plant to boost output, with a 20 per cent increase in volume targeted in order to keep pace with customer demand.

The Qashqai was launched in December last year and 60,000 units have rolled off the production line since then. Another 130,000 models are forecast before the end of the 2007 financial year.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, deputy managing director of the Sunderland plant, said: "Qashqai is proving extremely popular and will help us achieve a record production year in 2007.

"Supporting this level of customer demand is very challenging and our manufacturing employees deserve a lot of credit for how hard they are working, but this is the kind of challenge every car plant should welcome."

Mr Fitzpatrick said that production of the Note will be moved to the factor’s second line in September, freeing up capacity for work on the Qashqai.

Nissan’s crossover SUV was recently awarded the maximum five stars for adult occupant protection in a Euro NCap safety test.

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