Infiniti has announced a major expansion of its global production with news the Japanese prestige brand’s all-new compact model will be made at Nissan’s award-winning plant in Sunderland in the northeast of England.
Nissan will invest $390-million (£250-million) into the Sunderland facility for Infiniti production and increase employment with the need for 1,000 extra people. Infiniti will be the first new car brand to commence assembly in England for 23 years.
Infiniti’s new compact model will be launched in 2015 and by then the Infiniti division at the Sunderland plant will have the capacity to build 60,000 vehicles peer year.
As well, future Infiniti models will use the expertise of Nissan’s London-based design studio and European Technical Centre in Cranfield, England.
Car Showroom has visited the Nissan plant in Sunderland – it’s one of the world’s newest plants and at the forefront of environmentally-friendly manufacturing processes. This year the plant will be the first UK facility to produce more than 500,000 cars in a calendar year, however the decision to bring Infiniti production to Sunderland means Nissan’s new C-segment hatchback (the Pulsar in Australian naming) will now be made elsewhere for the European market.