Nissan to shift some Qashqai compact car production from UK to Russia

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 8, 2012

Nissan will be shifting some production of its Qashqai compact vehicle in the United Kingdom to Russia, in line with a plan to increase annual production by 100% at the company's St Petersburg factory to 100,000 by 2014, according to Nissan's vice president of engineering Colin Lawther. The Russian nation is the biggest market for the vehicles manufactured at Nissan's Sunderland facility in northeast England.

The sales of the company's automobiles in Russia rose 73% in 2011 to slightly below 60,000 units. In 2011, the Sunderland plant rolled out 301,277 Qashqai units running three shifts at maximum capacity. In 2013, Nissan will begin the production of the Leaf electric vehicle for Europe in Sunderland on the same line as the Qashqai. The transfer of the Qashqai production will happen in two years, when the next-generation model is launched.

Lawther did not disclose information on how much production will be shifted to St Petersburg, which presently manufactures the Teana sedan, X-Trail medium SUV and Murano large SUV.

After 2014, the facility will also produce the replacement of the X-Trail previewed at the Geneva motor show by the Hi-Cross concept. All Qashqai models made in the Russian nation will be sold there, enabling Nissan to pass up on import tariffs. Lawther stated that they currently have a 30% handicap.

The Qashqai was the company's bestseller in Europe last year with volume of 216,970 units, an increase of 1.3% from the year before, based on the data from JATO Dynamics.

Additionally, Nissan manufactures the Note small minivan and the Juke small SUV in Sunderland. Last year, the facility rolled out 480,485 automobiles in total. The automaker will replace the Note in 2013 with a sleeker subcompact version founded on the Invitation concept displayed at the 2012 Geneva motor show. This replacement will also be built at Sunderland.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Login or Create new account to add a comment!

Recommended

The 2018 model year could be an exciting year for fans and enthusiasts of the Chevrolet Corvette. This comes as the 2018 version of the Corvette is bound to feature...
by - January 19, 2017
As if seeing the future more than a decade from now, one of the top scientists in the world of robotics and automations is predicting that children born today won’t...
by - January 19, 2017
Ford has just recently unveiled the 2018 Ford Mustang, and as it turned out, the carmaker gave its beloved pony car a facelift. There have been mixed reactions about the...
by - January 19, 2017
The bidding war for one of the only 20 examples -- 21 actually, but the 00 version went to a museum -- of the classically beautiful Lamborghini Reventon built and...
by - January 18, 2017
Bentley once again confirmed its plans to push PHEV into their future lineups. As a matter of fact, the Bentayga SUV will be the first to have the plugin hybrid...
by - January 18, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries