New Qashqai Designed and Built in Britian
The prime Minister David Cameron and the president and chief executive officer of Nissan Motor Company announced that the new Nissan Qashqai will be designed, engineered and built in the UK.
The new Qashqai will safeguard 6000 jobs both direct and indirect through the UK supply chain. The Qashqai is the highest-volume car produced in the UK with export levels of around 80 percent. This new Qashqai will represent a £192 million investment in Britain which will all be funded by Nissan.
The design process will be carried out at Nissans European Design Centre in Paddington, London. Once the design has been finalised engineers from the Nissan Techinical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedforshire will then take control of the project. The completed car will then be built in the Sunderland manufacturing centre, which is to produce its one millionth Qashqai this month. 80 per cent of its current production is exported to 97 markets worldwide.
Nissan are also investing 420m in the Sunderland plant for the production of the electric Nissan LEAF from 2013 in a new facility which will make lithium-ion batteries for both Renault and Nissan vehicles from 2012. The prime minister David Cameron commented “This investment from Nissan is fantastic news and a great demonstration of the strength and vitality of the UK car industry. That future manufacturing and R&D has been secured is a tribute to the skill, expertise and hard work of Nissan’s UK workforce”. Each Qashqai produced has 3,779 parts, of which 83.6% come from one of 224 UK suppliers. The current Qashqai production line in Sunderland has been running around the clock for more than a year to meet the global demand an average of 1,200 Qashqai’s per day. No other car is made in such numbers in the UK, and Nissan is easily Britains biggest car manufacturer. The plant also produces the Nissan Note mini-MPV and the Juke compact crossover.