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."