Infiniti to Source QX30 Crossover from England for All Markets
Sunderland Plant to Build New SUV for U.S., European, Other Markets
North America has lately become one of the most strategically important automotive manufacturing hubs in the world, building models for export around the world. The trend started with BMW and Mercedes building its SUVs in South Carolina and Alabama and exporting them worldwide, even back to Europe. Now, Honda and Toyota are exporting American-built Accords, Camrys, and Venzas to worldwide market. But an unexpected locale has emerged as the source of the upcoming Infiniti QX30 compact crossover: Nissan's massive production facility in Sunderland, England. The plant will not only supply the vehicle to the European market, but all markets worldwide, including the U.S. and China, reports Automotive News.
The QX30 and related Q30 hatchback will also be the first Infiniti models to share a platform with Mercedes-Benz. The models will be based on Mercedes Benz' MFA platform, which underpins the CLA sedan, A-Class, and GLA crossover. The QX30 will also use Mercedes-developed 2.0L turbocharged gas engines. The QX30 will be positioned as a competitor to the 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class First Look" title="2015 Audi Q3 First Look - Truck Trend" target="_blank">Audi Q3, BMW X1, and its platform-mate Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Sunderland builds many Nissan models for Europe, including the Leaf EV, the Note hatchback, and Qashqai crossover. Sunderland is the U.K.'s single largest car plant and has helped contribute to the U.K.’s surpassing France as Europe's second-largest carmaking nation after Germany.
Source: Automotive News