Production of the Nissan Qashqai is being ramped up in Sunderland, as the factory’s ‘Line 2’ production line is modified to build more units of the mass-market crossover.
The second production line is designed to increase the flow of Qashqai models onto the market, at a time when crossovers and SUVs continue to be among the most popular vehicle segments in Europe and the UK.
The £22 million investment in Nissan’s Sunderland factory will allow Qashqai production to increase from its current level of one car every minute – or 300,000 units annually – to help satisfy global demand.
Sunderland’s Line 2 – which is already used to manufacture the Nissan Juke, Note and Infiniti Q30 – will be modified to accept any vehicle using Renault-Nissan’s Common Module Family platform. Among the other new vehicles destined for Line 2 is the next-generation Juke, which is due to be revealed later this year.