Nissan has refreshed its Qashqai, but what else can one say about the success of this family car from Sunderland? Quite a bit, actually.
In September it was easily the country’s best-selling new car, knocking the Ford Fiesta off the top spot it is used to. One month doesn’t prove a trend, but in the first nine months the Qashqai was solidly in fourth place behind the Golf, Focus and Fiesta. This makes it the best-selling UK-produced car in the list. The other contenders, Astra and Mini, are 6th and 9th.
In percentage sales gains this year Nissan is doing better than its rivals. It gained by 6.3 per cent. Ford fell 7.8 per cent, VW gained 1.45 per cent. Vauxhall sales fell by 20.3 per cent – a loss of 41,000 registrations.
Qashqai’s success comes in the teeth of continuous jousting from rivals anxious to plunder its magic. Among them is the now classic Honda CRV, Ford’s edgy Kuga and the Kadjar, from Nissan’s Alliance partner, Renault.