Nissan Qashqai production increases in the UK

Production of the Nissan Qashqai in Sunderland is increasing to help satisfy demand

Words ByDarren Moss

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Production of the Nissan Qashqai crossover, which is made in Sunderland, is being ramped up to help satisfy global demand.

Nissan says its current level of production - which results in 300,000 Qashqais being made every year - is not enough to keep pace with orders from customers.

The Japanese car maker is modifying a second production line at its Sunderland factory to add more capacity for the Qashqai, potentially resulting in an extra 35,000 examples being made annually.

The Qashqai remains one of our favourite crossovers and is a former What Car? Car of the Year winner. It is considered a benchmark car in the booming crossover and SUV segment.

The car is scheduled to receive autonomous driving technology from next year, allowing the Qashqai to travel in a single lane of the motorway by itself.

Nissan's Sunderland factory already produces the Qashqai on a single production line, and also makes the Juke compact crossover, Note hatchback, Leaf electric vehicle and Q30 hatchback for sister brand Infiniti.