Electrified Qashqai now in production in Sunderland

Nearly 18 years after the first Nissan Qashqai rolled off the line in Sunderland, a new electrified version is now in production.

The refreshed Qashqai has been electrified with Nissan’s e-POWER system and is being manufactured in the city as part of the car giant’s EV36Zero vision.

The latest upgrades required a £30m investment in the plant, building on Nissan’s total investment in the UK of £6bn.

The Sunderland facility supports 7,000 jobs and is also home to the Nissan JUKE and all-electric Nissan LEAF.

Adam Pennick, Nissan’s vice president for Manufacturing in the UK, said: “We’re so proud to call the Sunderland plant the home of the Qashqai. Having the number one team behind the number one crossover is a winning formula, and we can’t wait to see how much our customers enjoy the new design and extra tech.”

He added: “These are exciting times for Nissan in Sunderland. We are proud to be delivering new versions of both Qashqai and Juke to our customers while also preparing our plant to go all electric, as part of our ground-breaking EV36Zero project.”