Arguably, the Nissan Qashqai is THE sector benchmark vehicle. As the best-selling crossover in the UK, it has been named ‘Best British Built Car’ at the inaugural News UK Motor Awards 2018.
The Qashqai was honoured in recognition of its impressive contribution to the success of the British car industry since its launch in 2007.
Nick Francis, Sun on Sunday Motoring Editor said;
“The Qashqai has the legacy of being the first car to spark Europe’s obsession with family SUVs ten years ago, and is still the yardstick against which all other crossovers are compared to. The fastest UK built car to reach half a million sales, it’s easy to see why. The Qashqai is the jewel of the British car industry.”
Updated in 2017 with a wide range of updates, the Nissan Qashqai has been further upgraded in 2018; revisions include a new line-up of efficient petrol powertrains and a new NissanConnect infotainment system.
Over 3 million Qashqai models have been produced at Nissan’s Sunderland manufacturing to date. The second generation, launched in 2014, became the fastest ever UK-built vehicle to exceed the half million production mark in an astounding, record-breaking 21 months.
At the heart of the Qashqai’s appeal for more than 10 years has been its standing as the ultimate urban crossover. It blends both the practicality and desirability of an SUV with the footprint, driving dynamics and running costs of a hatchback.
Alex Smith, managing director, Nissan Motor GB, said;
“The Qashqai is the original crossover, inventing the segment as we know it, and is the most successful model in Europe in Nissan’s history. The fact that Qashqai is designed, engineered and made in the UK is something we are immensely proud of. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the News UK judges for recognising Qashqai with this outstanding award.”
The News UK Awards celebrate innovation across the UK automotive industry and were judged by consumers and industry journalists across News UK’s four news outlets – The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and talkSPORT.
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