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Most reliable car is built in Britain! Nissan Qashqai tops Which? study

The most reliable car is built in Britain!  Consumer group Which?  polled 50,000 UK drivers and found the Nissan Qashqai - produced in Sunderland - is the most reliable

Nissan’s Qashqai has been voted the most reliable car in one of the largest annual surveys of vehicle owners.

The family SUV, from £26,405, topped consumer group Which? on vehicle reliability, which is based on feedback from 50,000 UK drivers.

The poll results are the icing on the cake for the manufacturer, with the Sunderland-built Qashqai confirmed earlier this month as the UK’s best-selling new car of 2022 – the first time a manufacturing engine British tops chart sales in almost a quarter of a century.

The most reliable car is built in Britain!  Consumer group Which?  polled 50,000 UK drivers and found the Nissan Qashqai - produced in Sunderland - is the most reliable

The most reliable car is built in Britain! Consumer group Which? polled 50,000 UK drivers and found the Nissan Qashqai – produced in Sunderland – is the most reliable

The SUV has a five-star rating from the consumer group, with expert testers praising the car’s practicality, family appeal and – based on the latest owner feedback – nearly flawless reliability.

“Nissan’s efforts with the all-new version have seen it crowned our most reliable car for 2023 – a fantastic achievement for what is one of the most affordable cars in the industry,” said Which?.

“It’s easy to be dismissive given that this is a new car – after all, newer models tend to be more reliable.” But looking at similarly aged cars in our survey, none were reliable enough to get five out of five stars in this category, let alone come close to the top.

“Our data shows that 2023 should be the year of the Qashqai.”

Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director of Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, said Which? was a “welcome pat on the back” for its workforce in the Northeast.

The respected Topping Which? is the latest blow for the Japanese marque and its investment and commitment to its Sunderland factory where the Qashqai has been produced over three generations since 2006.

Some 3.8 million copies have rolled off the North East assembly line over the past 17 years.

Which?  said there was no other 2021 car that could match the Qashqai's five-star reliability rating

Which? said there was no other 2021 car that could match the Qashqai’s five-star reliability rating

The local Qashqai was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield (pictured) and is built in Sunderland

The local Qashqai was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield (pictured) and is built in Sunderland

Nissan's Technical Center in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, carried out lifecycle testing on the Qashqai before it goes on sale in 2021. This included assessments using this

Nissan’s Technical Center in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, carried out life-cycle testing on the Qashqai before it goes on sale in 2021. This included assessments using this “Climatic Four-poster Vibration Rig” to simulate 3 years of driving in 5 weeks

This follows official confirmation earlier this month that the model topped the UK registration chart last year, with 42,704 Qashqais sold in Britain, some 6,794 more than the best -seller of the previous year, the Vauxhall Corsa.

This meant the Qashqai became the first UK-built model to top new car sales for 24 years.

The last time a UK-built car reached the top spot was the Mk4 Ford Fiesta in 1998 – the last year the supermini was produced at the Dagenham plant before assembly was transferred to Germany and Spain.

The local Qashqai – which was designed in Paddington, engineered in Cranfield and built in Sunderland – has been the country’s best-selling car for the past 12 months with 42,704 examples rolling out of dealerships across the UK in 2022.

Commenting on his new accolade from Which?, David Moss, senior vice president of research and development at Nissan’s technical center in Cranfield, said: “We are delighted that real-world customers and experts have recognized the quality and durability of our fantastic new Qashqai.

“Our engineering teams put the car through a grueling series of tests during its development phase to ensure the highest standards of reliability, so it’s truly gratifying to get this recognition from the people behind it. drive every day.”

Before the third-generation Qashqai was allowed to enter showrooms in 2021, it was the Bedfordshire test center that subjected the new model to a host of tough assessments to ensure its enduring build quality .

Nissan's UK production plant in the north-eastern city has been home to the Qashqai SUV since it entered the market almost 20 years ago

Nissan’s UK production plant in the north-eastern city has been home to the Qashqai SUV since it entered the market almost 20 years ago

Production of the latest third generation Nissan Qashqai at the Sunderland plant started in 2021

Production of the latest third generation Nissan Qashqai at the Sunderland plant started in 2021

Some 3.8 million Qashqais have rolled off the North East assembly line in the past 17 years

Some 3.8 million Qashqais have rolled off the North East assembly line in the past 17 years

The petrol Qashqai starts from £26,405.  A new e-Power hybrid version should broaden its appeal and boost sales in 2023

The petrol Qashqai starts from £26,405. A new e-Power hybrid version should broaden its appeal and boost sales in 2023

This included using a ‘four-poster climate vibration rig’ to simulate three years of riding in just five weeks, undergoing extreme heat and cold tests and repeatedly simulating a duration of use with repeated slamming of the door to check the hinges and panels could stand the test of time.

“The development team even stocks a range of leisure and activity equipment (e.g. prams, golf clubs, suitcases) to test the durability of boot liners and liners,” says the automaker .

Alan Johnson, Vice President of Manufacturing at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, added: “We are proud to build the Qashqai and absolutely delighted to see its continued success with customers.

“It’s hugely satisfying to know that we’re not only making Britain’s favorite car, but also the most reliable.

“This award is a true testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise of our team of 6,000 people here in Sunderland, as well as our excellent supply chain partners.”

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