The third generation of Qashqai was chosen by Nissan to launch lightweight aluminum technology in Europe. The Japanese company has invested 52 million pounds in the production, processing and recycling of aluminum at the Sunderland plant: the first step towards decarbonisation expected by 2050.
The third generation Qashqai, leader in the crossover SUV segment, is the first model on the Nissan list to be built on European soil with a significant number of lightweight aluminum sheets. The hood, doors and front fenders are molded from an aluminum alloy which makes its body 60kg lighter than the previous generation. The weight reduction improves the effectiveness of the car from the point of view of emissions and allows you to accommodate more technology and the new electrified engines of the Japanese brand.
The £ 52 million invested in the Nissan plant in Sunderland, in England, are destined for the production and processing of aluminum: the figure includes the second line of extra-large presses, inaugurated in 2020, and the cyclone separation plant for the recycling of aluminum that can manage, every hour, more than seven tons of metal.
Nissan chooses Qashqai to launch new technology.
By doing so, the amount of waste is significantly reduced, favoring a more sustainable production process with lower CO2 emissions: this solution contributes to achieving the goal set by Nissan which aims at carbon neutrality in company operations and in the life cycle of its products by the year 2050.
Choosing to recycle aluminum saves more than 90% of the energy needed to create an equivalent from raw materials. To launch this new lightweight aluminum technology in Europe, Nissan has chosen the third generation of the Qashqai, the company’s best-selling model, the undisputed leader in the crossover segment in Europe for years.
The Japanese brand also announced the expansion plan of its renewable energy production in the same plant in Sunderland. The plan, once approved, involves the use of 37,000 additional solar panels which would make it possible to increase the share of energy used from renewable sources to 20%, sufficient to produce zero emissions each Leaf sold in Europe, Nissan’s record-breaking car.