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Nissan have announced that the Qashqai is their most built model in its three decades of manufacturing in Europe.

The manufacturer says that the production of the mid-range cross-over recently passed the previous record of 2,368,704 units held by the Micra supermini.

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By the end of February 2016 the total number of Qashqai's produced stood at 2,398,134 units, a record breaking number with no other vehicle in the history of the UK car industry going beyond two million units in such a short period of time.

The Qashqai, which is styled and engineered for European customers in Nissan's UK-based design and technical centres, is currently Europe's top-selling car.

Nissan say that a new Qashqai is built every 62 seconds, or 58 per hour, at the manufacturer's Sunderland plant, which continues to produce around 1,200 Qashqai's every day.

Colin Lawther, Nissan's Senior Vice President for Manufacturing, Purchasing and Supply Chain Management in Europe, said: "The Qashqai created an entirely new segment when it was first launched and continues to set the standard in crossovers, supporting a record period of growth for Nissan in Europe.

"The Micra is an iconic model for Nissan in Europe, made for 18 years in our Sunderland plant. To overtake it in half the time shows just how quickly our European customers have taken Qashqai to their hearts."

It was revealed last week at the Geneva Motor Show that the Nissan Qashqai will become a pioneer of Autonomous Driving. Nissan announced that the Qashqai will be its first model in Europe to feature 'Piloted Drive' technology from next year.

Piloted Drive will allow the Qashqai to drive autonomously and safely when in a single lane, even in heavy traffic conditions.

Lawther added:"Qashqai has propelled our Sunderland plant to become the biggest UK car plant of all time and taken Nissan sales in Europe to record levels. With autonomous technologies on the way from next year, Qashqai is helping Nissan raise the bar even higher for crossovers."

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