Nissan to step up Qashqai production in Sunderland plant

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23 Mar, 2016 12:01am Sam Naylor

£22million investment in Nissan factory to help meet demand for Qashqai crossover, which will get autonomous tech in 2017

Nissan has announced an investment of £22million into its Sunderland car manufacturing plant, adding extra capacity to produce the Qashqai, the brand's huge-selling crossover.

Currently demand is outstripping supply for the SUV, despite over 300,000 cars a year coming off of the line - that's one car every minute. About 1,200 Qashqais are built every day. By modifying Line 2 at the Sunderland plant Nissan is planning to meet demand with the additional capacity.

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Nissan is also planning to introduce autonomous tech into the car from 2017 with a facelift, being the first European Nissan to get the self-driving technology. There are no more details on the updated model yet, but expect the new tech to be joined by more safety kit and some other equipment upgrades.

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Colin Lawther, Nissan's senior vice president for manufacturing, said: "This additional capacity will give us free supply of Qashqai for the first time, ahead of the launch of a refreshed Qashqai equipped with Piloted Drive technology from next year."

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Modifying Line 2 at the plant, which currently produces the Nissan Juke, Note and the Infiniti Q30, will also allow Nissan to produce the next-generation Juke crossover in the future.

Currently the Nissan factory supports over 6,800 UK jobs and has been building cars for 30 years - in fact the plant makes one in three cars built in Britain. 

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