Qashqai/Rogue Sport (Nissan)

Apr 18, 2024

On April 17, Nissan unveiled the new Qashqai with heavily revised exterior design in Europe. The car is manufactured at the Sunderland plant in the UK, which is also the most manufactured model at the plant.

The front grille of the Qashqai has been comprehensively updated to create a more striking first impression. Inspired by the patterns of ancient Japanese armour scales, it now consists of dozens of high gloss, three dimensional comma-shaped elements painted in high gloss black paint which appear to float in the space between the lip of the bonnet and the numberplate holder. The new headlights bring a sense of purpose and presence, with an even sharper look.

The vehicle comes with an e-Power technology, powering the vehicle directly by the 140 kW electric motor with an advanced turbocharged 3-cylinder engine and the 1.8 kWh battery. It offers mild hybrid version as well.

The vehicle comes with a range of technological upgrades, including the upgraded Around View Monitor (AVM) system, and an updated suite of driver assistance systems. The updated Qashqai is the first vehicle in Nissan's European range with Google built-in as part of the Nissan Connect infotainment system.

Based on Nissan Europe press release

Apr 05, 2024

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on April 4, UK passenger car sales increased 10.4% to 317,786 units in March 2024. It was best March since 2019 and 20th consecutive month of growth. Year-to-date sales increased 10.4% with 545,548 cars registered in the first 3 months of 2024. 

March sales for VW increased 1.8% to 22,147 units (7.0% market share), Nissan sales increased 21% to 20,559 units (6.5% share) while BMW sales increased 38.7% to 20,065 units (6.3% share).
Mercedes-Benz sales increased 20.4% to 19,794 units (6.2% share), Kia sales decreased 6.2% to 18,478 units (5.8% share).

The best-selling cars in March 2023 were Nissan Qashqai (8,931 units), Ford Puma (8,318 units), Kia Sportage (7,445 units), Nissan Juke (7,346 units) and Audi A3 (6,010 units). 

Compared to last March , gasoline-engine car sales increased 9.2% to 177,019 units (55.7% share), EV increased 3.8% to 48,388 units (15.2% share), HEV increased 19.6% to 44,550 units (14.0% share), PHEV increased 36.7% to 24,517 units (7.7% share), and diesel-engine car sales decreased 2.7% to 23,312 units (7.3% share). The biggest percentage growth was recorded by PHEVs.

In March, private car sales decreased 7.7% to 128,472 units (40.4% share), fleet sales increased 29.6% to 181,399 units (57.1% share), and businesses sales decreased 8% to 7,915 units (2.5% share). Overall increase driven by fleet investment with weak confidence constraining private retail demand.

Sales of all vans to 3.5 tons increased 11.1% to 52,916 units, sales of trucks between 3.5 and 6.0 tons increased 46% to 946 units while sales of taxis decreased 18.5% to 256 units in March. 

(SMMT press releases from 4 April, 2024) 1 / 2

Apr 02, 2024

On April 1, the automobile manufacturers association of Spain (ANFAC) announced that passenger car registrations of 94,840 units in March 2024 represented a decrease of 4.7% over March 2023.
Passenger car sales of 244,879 units in the first three months of the year represented a 3.1% increase from the same period in 2023.
Toyota sales increased 15.6% to 9,343 units, Kia sales increased 6.1% to 7,269 units, VW sales decreased 6.6% to 5,822 units, SEAT sales decreased 24.2% to 5,753 units and Peugeot sales decreased 28.5% to 5,729 units compared to March 2023.
The best-selling cars in March 2024, in order of popularity, were the Nissan Qashqai, Dacia Sandero, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Corolla and Hyndai Tucson.
Of all vehicles sold in March, gasoline vehicles had a 42.6% market share, diesel vehicles had a 9.1% share, and other vehicles had a 48.3% share.
Private car sales in March decreased 3.9% to 34,668 units, business sales decreased 27.3% to 28,272 units and rental car sales increased 29.7% to 31,900 units.
ANFAC explained that "This month of March, it recorded the first negative market since December 2022. While it is true that Easter this year falls in March, unlike last year, which was in April, and we have two less working days. We will have to wait until April to see whether we continue on the upward path or not; we are concerned about the decline of more than 27% of corporate purchases, given that these are an indicator of how the economy goes. But we are more concerned about sales of electrified vehicles. Adding power and plug-in hybrids in March, the quota was 10.3%. We are still far from achieving the targets for decarbonization in both sales of these vehicles and recharge facilities."
(ANFAC release from April 1, 2024)