Currently reading: Next Nissan Qashqai production delayed, says report
Financial Times suggests pandemic and lack of Brexit clarity have postponed start of Qashqai production

Production of Nissan's all-important new Qashqai has been pushed back until the middle of 2021, according to the Financial Times

The newspaper cites two sources who claim production was originally set to begin in October, although that date has not been confirmed by the Japanese car maker.

In a statement sent to Autocar, Nissan said: "Preparations continue for the launch of the new Qashqai in Sunderland, which represents a £400m investment in the plant."

The firm added: "We have not yet announced a date for the next-generation model, but look forward to sharing some exciting news in the coming months." 

The FT indicated that the apparent delay is largely due to the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed development and changed the firm's priorities. It suggested the delay could also allow Nissan to work out its course of action should Britain not secure a deal with the European Union post-Brexit. 

Just over half of the approximately 500,000 cars produced at Sunderland annually are exported to Europe, and two-thirds of those are Qashqais. Any trade tariffs with the EU would "jeopardise" Sunderland's business model, bosses have previously claimed. 

The report suggests that production of the new Qashqai will not begin until after April 2021. The current version has been on sale since 2014.


New 2020 Qashqai key to Nissan's three-pronged SUV assault

2020 Nissan Qashqai: closest look yet at upcoming SUV

Nissan Sunderland plant "unsustainable" without a Brexit deal


Read our review

Car review

Nissan's second crossover album goes platinum, but a light refresh and some added extras have to hold off the Qashqai from the Seat Ateca and Skoda Kodiaq

Join the debate

Add a comment…
JorjaDruitt 8 September 2020

I am making a good salary

I am making a good salary from home $1200-$2500/week , which is amazing, under a year back I was jobless in a horrible economy. I thank God every day I was blessed with these instructions and now it's my duty to pay it forward and share it with Everyone, Here For MORE INFO PLEASE Just Copy and PASTE this SITE.....................w­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­w­­­­­­­.­­­­­­­r­­­­­­­i­­­­­­­g­­­­­­­h­­­­­­­t­­­­­­­7­­­­­­­5­­­­­­­.­­­­­­­c­­­­­­­o­­­­­­­m
Ski Kid 7 September 2020

who says use WTO rules

That is why they should be more ,your figures for Nissan are a joke, do not know where you got them from suggest you get some glasses or look at SMMT data. Uk are just far too soft unlike us in France.

Andrew1 7 September 2020

@Ski Kid

WTO has 10% import tariffs on cars, the rest you just took out of your rear.

Plus, they will have 10% added only on cars sold to the UK, not to the EU. Should they build in the UK they will have 10% added to cars sold in the EU but not on those sold in the UK. Since I can't trust you to figure this out, I'll help you - Nissan sold 400.000 cars in the entire EU, in 2019, of which 42.000 in the UK. Therefore, they are better off building them in the EU. Go have another beer, cheers!