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Qashqai queued up for production

Nissan’s latest model, the Qashqai, will begin rolling off the production line today at its plant in Sunderland.

Around 130,000 will be produced in Sunderland, alongside the Note, Primera, Micra and Micra C+C, potentially increasing total annual volume to around 400,000 units by the end of 2007 – a plant record.

Vice president of UK Manufacturing, Trevor Mann, said: “This is a very important day for our plant as Qashqai will spearhead Nissan’s drive for sustained, profitable growth in Europe.

“I would also like to thank both national and local government and regional development agencies for their continued support, as well as the unstinting efforts of all our suppliers.”

Nissan has invested €322.8m (£218m) in the Qashqai at Sunderland and production of the new model has secured more than 3,000 jobs at the plant and within the regional supply chain. It has also created 200 temporary and 100 trainee posts at the plant.

Around 80% of Qashqai production will be exported, the majority for sale within Europe. The car will also be shipped to numerous overseas markets such as the Middle East, Australia, South Africa as well as Japan – making it only the second Sunderland-built model to be exported to the Japanese market. The first being the 1996 model Primera.

From today, the car will ramp up to full production volume in four weeks, ensuring dealers across Europe are fully stocked ready for the car’s sale date at the end of February 2007.

Customers will be able to choose between three trim grades and four engine options. Two petrol units, a 1.6 and 2.0-litre, will be available in February, as will a 1.5 diesel. An new 2.0 diesel engine will join the line up from April next year.

Price list and full specification below:

Qashqai Visia 1.6 (115ps/160Nm) £13,499
Qashqai Visia 1.5dCi (106ps/240Nm) £14,599 (i.e. 1.6 plus £1,100)
Qashqai Visia 2.0 (140ps/200Nm) £14,899 (i.e. 1.6 plus £1,400)
Qashqai Visia 2.0dCi (150ps/320Nm) £16,199 (i.e. 1.6 plus £2,700)

Standard on Visia models


Electric power steering (EPS)

ESP (2.0-litres models only)

Front, side and curtain airbags

Power windows (front and rear)

60/40 split folding rear seat

Height adjustable driver’s seat

Front arm rest

Electrically adjustable door mirrors

Automatic locking

Automatic hazard flashers

16 inch alloy wheels

Trip computer

Radio/single disc CD player

Air conditioning

Bluetooth connectivity

Amber ambient lighting

Standard on Acenta models

As Visia, plus

Rain sensing wipers

Automatic headlamps

Driver’s seat lumbar support

Leather wrapped steering wheel

Remote radio control

In dash six disc CD autochanger

Front fog lamps

Dual zone climate control

Electric folding door mirrors

Body colour door mirrors and handles

Cruise control


Ultrasonic rear parking alert

Rear armrest

Extra cost: £1,500

Standard on Tekna model

As Acenta, plus

Glass panoramic roof

17 inch alloy wheels

Auto dimming mirror

Full leather seats

Heated front seats

Intelligent key

Xenon headlamps and washers

Extra cost: £1,500

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