Where Next? Infiniti Courting Disaster, Pulls Out Of Europe

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The Wearside workforce will no longer build the Q30 auto within months. Sunderland produced about 12,000 of the two diesel models a year ago, out of almost 450,000 cars.

Infiniti has 51 employees in its western Europe operations.

The decision is part of a wider global restructuring plan for Infiniti, according to bosses, who have been reluctant to boost R&D investments for the cars to meet stricter European Union legislation around Carbon dioxide emissions when so few models are bought in Europe. Past year the company delivered just 6,000 units in the region.

"The company will place more focus on its SUV lineup in North America, bring five new vehicles to China over the next five years, work to improve quality of sales and residual value, and realize more synergies with Nissan Motor Company", the statement said.

Just 750 Infiniti cars were bought by Britons previous year.

"So Infiniti is restructuring the brand to focus on its largest growth markets, specifically North America, China and Asia - of which Australia is a part of - while withdrawing from Western Europe".

Nissan to end Sunderland production of luxury Infiniti brand

Production of the Q30 sedan and QX30 crossover models will cease by July at Nissan's Sunderland plant in northeast England, the Japanese carmaker said Tuesday.

In line with the trends in the industry, all diesel engines will be phased out, and the entire range of cars is to be electrified from 2021.

Unite said it would be seeking assurances on future employment and was confident of securing redeployment opportunities for the 200 plus workers affected.

'Regardless, this is a disappointing decision for the up to 250 dedicated workers at Sunderland who could be affected - but the company's commitment to find alternative opportunities for those employees is welcome.

Sunderland is now the only Nissan plant building Infiniti's Q3 and QX30 models.

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