The Nissan Qashqai is Britain’s most produced car. It is regularly in the nation’s top 10 best-sellers and the latest version, just out, has been designed and engineered in Britain too.

So this is a car that needs a thorough test, and it’s certainly going to get one over the next fortnight, because Autocar is driving an example to Istanbul and back.

Why Istanbul? Because it bridges Europe and Asia. Asia is the home of the Qashqai’s Nissan brand, and Europe is this car’s birthplace. And because it is a long way away – 5000 miles, 20 countries and (all being well) 13 days away in fact.

In case you’re wondering, the countries in question are England, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The journey starts in Sunderland, where the Qashqai is made and where an example spits off the production line every 59 seconds, 24 hours a day.

Yesterday’s mission, rather easier than producing a duplicate in 59 seconds, was to drive our 1.6d dCi Acenta Premium the best part of 300 miles to Egham, Surrey, where Mark Tisshaw will take over sharing its cabin with snapper Stan Papior.