Hot demand for flagship versions of the UK-built Nissan Qashqai crossover SUV has pushed the waiting list out as far as six months.
As we noted at launch, the new model that premiered here in July as a replacement for the Dualis comes particularly well-specified in Ti petrol and TL diesel forms, a fact that Australian buyers seem to be noticing.
See the full pricing and spec breakdown in our original product story here.
So far, about one-third of Qashqai sales have consistently been of the top-spec model. Nissan may have expected this in the first month on sale or so, but the ratio has remained in place longer than projected.
The result? You can drive away with an ST version pretty much straight away, but you might have to wait half a year for the Ti, TL and even potentially on the base TS diesel.
While a waiting list is never ideal, Nissan says it has found that many customers have been willing to sit it out until their car arrives. It is not necessarily a terrible problem to have either, and marks a contrast to issues the company had in recent years with over-supply to its network, result of what some may call extravagant internal targets.
“[The wait is] simply due to the demand for the car and our team is working hard to secure more supply,” Nissan Australia corporate communications general manager Peter Fadeyev told us today.
“Typically the higher grades are more popular at launch and taper gently but the Ti has been consistently popular since its launch in July.”
The company is hopeful of securing more supply out of the Sunderland, UK plant that supplies it. As we reported a few weeks ago, the Qashqai broke a longstanding production record, clocking up two million deliveries within eight years, faster even than the Mini.
Since launch Nissan has clocked up 2174 deliveries of the Qashqai whilst clearing out old Dualis stock. In October it was fourth in its fast-growing segment with 714 deliveries, behind the Hyundai ix35 (1273), Subaru XV (1149) and Mitsubishi ASX (851).
Fadeyev also said the company had received almost entirely positive feedback from buyers through the network in regards to the axing of the Dualis nameplate — a decision that some felt echoed its similar move years before the axe the Pulsar badge for the Tiida.