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Nissan Qashqai reaches 500,000 sales milestone

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Nissan is celebrating a record-breaking milestone in automotive production. 

As the 500,000th Qashqai rolls off the production line its plant in Sunderland, Nissan’s crossover has become the fastest-selling UK-built vehicle to reach the half a million-unit mark, achieved in just 21 months.

Since it entered production in January 2014, a new Qashqai has been constructed every 62 seconds, with a startling 100,000 (equating to 20 per cent) staying in the UK.

The announcement also signals the smashing of a record set by the MK1 Ford Cortina, which took 34 months to hit the half million milestone, and the Austin/Morris 1100/1300 models, which reached the stage in 29 months.

The Qashqai success story is no secret, but it is interesting to discover precisely how many of them there are. The venerable crossover is the most successful in Europe, with France (68,044), Italy (45,464) and Spain (42,306) accounting for almost a third (31 per cent) of global sales.

Despite the prolific European success, Nissan claims that the Qashqai is popular in up to 84 countries worldwide, with Uganda, Zambia, and Saint Kitts included in this extensive list.

Paul Willcox, chairman of Nissan Europe, said: ‘The Nissan Qashqai is going from strength to strength. Half a million Qashqais in just 21 months is an astonishing achievement and proof that the Qashqai is hitting the spot with buyers.” 

He added: ‘Together with the pioneering first generation version, there are now more than 2.5 million Qashqais on the road in Europe, making Nissan the undisputed leader in the crossover sector.”

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