Nissan SunderlandThe Nissan Qashqai has become the highest-volume model ever built by the Japanese firm in Europe, after production at the Sunderland factory reached 2,368,704 units.

This breaks the previous ‘most-built’ European Nissan, the Micra – and it’s achieved this in just 10 years, almost half the time taken by the once-popular Nissan supermini.

Indeed, no UK-built car in history has ever gone from 0-2.3 million units so quickly.

The total continues to spiral too: because Nissan builds a staggering 1,200 Qashqai a day (with production around the clock since 2010), it had already reached nearly 2.4 million units by the end of February.

Colin Lawther, a Nissan Europe senior vice president, 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.”

The efforts of Nissan Sunderland will be formally celebrated later in 2016 when the firm marks 30 years of the facility: after starting out building the Bluebird, today it makes the Qashqai, Juke, Note and LEAF, and more recently the Infiniti Q30.