Nissan Qashqai global sales top 1m

Nissan says worldwide sales of its Qashqai model have crossed one million, marking a major milestone for the British-designed and built compact crossover.

First launched four years ago and updated in March last year, the car is already among the top 10 best-selling cars in the UK.

Nissan's plant in Sunderland is the biggest manufacturing hub for the model - having made more than 800,000 of the one million Qashqais sold.

The car is also produced in Japan at the Kyushu factory and in China at Dongfeng, Nissan's Huadu plant, and Zhengzhou, Nissan's number two plant.

The carmaker refreshed the range last year with a new design, improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.

Guillaume Masurel, Nissan's global chief marketing manager for Qashqai, said: "Its balance of key SUV attributes like robust design, roomy interior and higher driving position combined with the benefits of a hatchback such as great fuel economy, compactness and driving dynamics, resonates well with customers around the world.

"Combining the innovative concept with customer-oriented technology features, the Qashqai clearly demonstrates Nissan's unique approach to meet customers' changing expectations of their cars."

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