Sunderland, England (ots/PRNewswire)
- Nissan's latest model, the
Qashqai, will begin rolling off the production line today at its
plant in Sunderland.
Qashqai is a compact crossover, combining the best attributes of a
traditional family hatchback with the option of advanced 4x4
Around 130,000 will be produced in Sunderland, alongside 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.
Qashqai's arrival rounds off one of Sunderland's busiest periods
in its 20-year history with three new model launches within the last
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.
"As such, the Sunderland workforce has been given a great deal of
responsibility. But they have earned the right to build this car
through their continued hard work and excellent track record in terms
of productivity and reliability.
"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."
Qashqai represents a total investment of EUR322.8 M and will
secure 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
Furthermore, Qashqai is the first new model to be built down the
plant's recently installed 'Nissan Integrated Manufacturing System'.
This is a new, flexible line being adopted at Nissan plants around
the world. Its many benefits over a conventional line include a
shorter lead time, improved ergonomics, multi-model, random sequence
production and increased integration with suppliers.
From today, the car will ramp up to full production volume in just
4 weeks, ensuring dealers across Europe are fully stocked ready for
the car's start of sale date at the end of February 2007.
Customers will be able to choose between 3 trim grades and 4
engines options. Two petrol units, a 1.6 and 2.0 litre, will be
available in February, as will a 1.5 diesel. An all-new 2.0 diesel
engine will join the line up from April next year.
Prices for all variants will be released before the end of
NMUK, Sunderland Key Facts
- 21 years of achievement
- Qashqai is NMUK's 10th new model launch since production began
in Sunderland over 20 years ago.
- Total investment to date of more than EUR3 billion,
- NMUK has been the UK's biggest car exporter for six years and
accounts for 20 per cent of the country's total car production.
- 315,000 cars manufactured in 2005.
- 4,400 workforce
- Total production to date = 4 million units
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David Swerdlow Sunderland Plant
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