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British-built Nissan Qashqai named Car of the Year

The Sunderland-built Nissan Qashqai has been named Car of the Year for 2014 by What Car?

The Nissan Qashqai team should be should be "justifiably proud of their achievement", What Car? said. Credit: PA

The car also took home the best small sports utility vehicle (SUV) award, with the results being announced at a ceremony in London sponsored by Warranty Direct.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett praised Nissan for thinking "of every last detail" as the Qashqai had "excellence," "polish" and delivered "first-class levels of comfort".

The Qashqai was the sixth best-selling car in the UK in 2013, with sales passing 50,000.

Nissan Motor GB managing director Jim Wright said: "We're thrilled. A huge amount of effort has gone into the design and engineering of the new car, and we're all extremely excited about creating the template for the second-generation crossover."


Nissan threatens to leave UK over EU move

Nissan has warned that it would "reconsider" its future in the UK if it left the European Union.

The head of Nissan has warned the car maker would "reconsider" its future in the UK if it left the European Union. Credit: PA

The head of Nissan Carlos Ghosn, told the BBC it would re-evaluate its position if the UK was to leave the EU.

Speaking at the launch of Nissan's new Qashqai model, he said: "If anything has to change we (would) need to reconsider our strategy and our investments for the future."

But he added that he considered such an exit unlikely.

Nissan: Chance of steering wheel coming off

Over time, the nut that holds on the steering wheel can become loose.

Drivers could start notice some wobbling of the wheel and if this is ignored there is the possibility that it could come completely off.

There have been a few incidents of steering wheels becoming loose, but there have been no accidents.

– Nissan Motor GB spokesman

Honda and Nissan affected by airbag recalls

Honda has called back 1.14 million cars globally. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

More than one million Honda vehicles are being recalled following concern over the airbags received from Japanese parts maker Takata Corp.

The firm confirmed 1.14 million cars will be called back globally.

Nissan has also been affected, with the company confirming 137,000 cars in Japan will be recalled.

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