For the fourth year running, the Nissan QASHQAI has achieved a top ranking in one of Europe’s most demanding quality surveys.
The popular crossover has achieved a top ‘very reliable’ score from the prominent ADAC breakdown organisation in Germany, Europe’s largest automobile club representing more than 16 million members. The leading Japanese-badged model in its segment, QASHQAI was beaten only by premium German brands and finished sixth (out of 22) in its class, ahead of key competitors such as the VW Tiguan, Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4.
QASHQAI wasn’t the only Nissan model to be recognised in the ADAC’s 2010 Breakdown Survey (Pannenstatistik). The Nissan NOTE came fifth in its class (out of 23), also showing four years of continuous ‘very reliable’ performance, while the outgoing Nissan Micra achieved ‘very reliable’ status in 2009 and 2010.
QASHQAI and NOTE are built in Europe by Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) as was Micra before it made way for JUKE at the Sunderland plant.
QASHQAI is no stranger to ADAC success. Earlier this year it came third overall in the organisation’s annual ‘Gelber Engel’ (Yellow Angel) award, which recognises reliability and customer satisfaction. It was beaten only by an Audi and a Porsche.
“These outstanding results underline the exceptional build quality engineered into all the cars produced by NMUK. We are particularly proud of QASHQAI, our biggest selling model in Europe. Its performance in the ADAC surveys shows how we continue to deliver top-class quality even when we are working flat out to satisfy the huge demand for this exceptional model,” said Simon Thomas, Senior Vice President, Nissan Europe.
The consistently high quality levels achieved by the latest generation of Nissan vehicles comes as a direct result of a co-ordinated and focussed strategy in Europe, led by a dedicated specialist team of experts from Nissan’s European Aftersales, Quality Assurance, Research and Development and manufacturing plants in the UK and Spain.