GEARING UP FOR INFINITI PRODUCTION IN EUROPE

  • Major expansion of Sunderland Plant to support Infiniti production
  • First-time ever production of Infiniti in Europe

Sunderland, September 5, 2013: Infiniti production in Europe is moving even closer after approval was given to build a major new extension to the record-breaking production facility in Sunderland. 

 

This new production area, designed to manufacture the first ever Infiniti built in Europe, will cover 25,000m² and will house specialist equipment in the body and final assembly areas of the production line.

 

This extension forms part of the previously announced £250m investment by Infiniti which will create over 1,000 new jobs in the UK automotive industry.

 

The Q30 Concept vehicle which will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week, reveals a design vision of the future European production model.

 

“The Q30 Concept signals the next step in our strategy to significantly extend into new premium segments – and the production car will fully deliver on the concept’s promise”, said Fintan Knight, Vice President, Infiniti Europe. “The compact segment is crucial for our future growth plans and the decision to invest and build the vehicle in the UK further underlines our long term commitment to Europe. 

 

Construction work at Sunderland is due to start in the coming weeks after planning approval was granted by Sunderland City Council’s Development Control Committee yesterday (Sept 4).

 

Kevin Fitzpatrick, Nissan’s Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, said: “The arrival of Infiniti will mark a new chapter in our operations in Sunderland.

 

“The Q30 Concept represents a new direction for this premium segment and for the Infiniti brand. Equally, this expansion reflects how Infiniti production will enhance manufacturing capability not only in our operations but throughout our supply chain.”

 

This latest phase in the expansion of facilities at Sunderland comes after the plant cemented its place as the biggest UK car factory of all time by surpassing 500,000 vehicles built in 2012.

 

When production begins in 2015, Infiniti will become the first new car brand to be manufactured in the UK on this scale in 23 years. Nissan’s Sunderland Plant was chosen as the production location for this model in recognition of the workforce’s productivity and quality achievements over many years. The new model will fulfill the highest Infiniti quality standards for the premium market.

 

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Contacts:

INFINITI EUROPE
Emma Wilkie
Infiniti Europe Communications and Events Manager
Mobile: +41 79 701 8225
Email: Emma.Wilkie@infiniti.eu

 

NISSAN SUNDERLAND PLANT
Paul James
Tel: +44 191 418 4197
Mobile: +44 7814 851943
paul.james@nissan-nmuk.co.uk

 

About Infiniti

 

Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in approximately 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan and the United States. Production in China and Europe will start soon along with the expansion of the brand’s portfolio.

 

As the Title Partner and Vehicle Performance Partner of Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Infiniti has a far-reaching technical collaboration with the Formula One team, and Sebastian Vettel, its triple World Champion driver, serves as Infiniti’s Director of Performance.

 

More information about Infiniti, its Total Ownership Experience® and its industry leading technologies can be found at http://www.infinitieurope.com/. For the latest news on Infiniti, visit http://www.infinitipress.eu, “like” Infiniti on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/infinitieurope or follow the brand on Twitter https://twitter.com/InfinitiEurope

 

About Nissan in the UK

 

More than one in three cars built in the UK is a Nissan, which has been Britian's biggest car producer since 1998. More then £3.5bn has been invested in Nissan's world-renowned Sunderland Plant, which started production in 1986 and is now the biggest car plant in UK history. Nissan continues to raise the bar for the automotive industry and has set new production records in each of the past three years, with 2012 production of 510,572 vehicles.

 

Other UK operations include Nissan’s European Design Centre in Paddington, London, Nissan’s Technical Centre in Cranfield, Bedfordshire, and Nissan’s GB Sales and Marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Through these sites and in UK dealerships Nissan employs 11,000 people in Britain, supporting a further 24,000 jobs in UK suppliers.

 

Current production at Nissan Sunderland Plant includes the Nissan Qashqai, the Nissan Note, Nissan Juke, Juke NISMO and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF.

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