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Qashqai 'proving popular' with car loans customers

Nissan has announced that it is to increase the levels of production for its Qashqai due to its popularity with new car buyers.

Nissan has announced that it is to increase the levels of production for its Qashqai due to its popularity with new car buyers.

According to Reuters, the Japanese manufacturer has seen such a demand for the compact crossover SUV that it has become necessary to increase staff levels at its Sunderland plant by around 800.

Trevor Mann, a spokesman for Nissan Europe, said in a statement this week: "Currently on two shifts, we can produce 200,000 Qashqais per year. However, the car is proving so popular we now need to significantly increase our volume."

It is reported that the new car has been popular with consumers - including those with approved car finance - and that Nissan is keen to take advantage of this.

The Qashqai has been in production at the UK plant since December 2006 and between then and November 2007 the manufacturer is thought to have sold around 100,000 of the cars across Europe - including 17,554 in the UK.


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