A total of 1,312 units of the best-selling SUV were sold last month.
The Qashqai sits in ninth place in August’s table while in year-to-date the Qashqai is also placed in a strong ninth with 24,695 units to its name.
Registrations for the whole market were up 7.3 per cent in the month.
It’s the first rise since June 2010 but the SMMT warns the outlook ‘remains challenging’.
‘New car registrations in August rose for the first time since June 2010, up 7.3 per cent to 59,346 units. August represents a relatively small share of the new car market and the September new 61-plate registrations will be far more important for vehicle manufacturers and franchised dealers,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.
‘The September new car market is always important for the UK motor industry, accounting for around 17 per cent of the full year’s registrations. Consumers are nervous about the future, but with industry offering unprecedented improvements in fuel economy, competitive finance offers and a wide variety of new models, buyers will find there is something to suit every taste and pocket.’