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Nissan to build 3 small Infiniti models at new Mexican plant

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor has decided to manufacture a trio of small Infiniti luxury vehicles at a factory it is building with Germany's Daimler in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

     Executive Vice President Andy Palmer revealed the decision, saying the vehicles will share the same platform for luxury small cars, jointly developed with Daimler, and might also incorporate Daimler turbo engine technology.

     Nissan will roll the Infiniti Q30 hatchback off the line in 2017 and follow it up by 2020 with two other small Infinitis, including a compact sport utility vehicle, Palmer said.

     All three models will be exported globally, he added.

     The Infiniti brand is now limited to large offerings like the Q50 sedan and a big SUV. But small luxury cars like the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Audi A3 have proved very popular, so Nissan wants to broaden its Infiniti line in this direction. Toyota Motor began manufacturing the NX compact SUV for its Lexus brand in August.

(Nikkei)

 

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