Nissan to design, engineer, build next Qashqai in the UK

2010 Nissan Qashqai

Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn met with UK Prime Minister David Cameron earlier this week to let him know that the company will design, engineer and built the next-generation Nissan Qashqai in Britain. The production of the Nissan Qashqai in Britain is expected to save 6,000 jobs, both direct and indirect through the UK supply chain.

The move is a part of a £192 million ($314 million USD) investment in Britain and is being funded entirely by the automaker.

The Nissan Qashqai is the highest-volume car produced in the UK with export levels of around 80 percent. Nissan will produce the one million Qashqai later this month.

Nissan said that once the design of the Qashqai is finalised, engineers from the Nissan Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, Bedfordshire will take hold of the whole project. The completed car will then be produced at the company’s Sunderland manufacturing facility.

The plant also makes the Nissan Note mini-MPV and the Juke.

– By: Omar Rana