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Nissan ready to roll out Q50 with smaller engine in China

Nissan's new Infinity Q50, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, will be released first in China.

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor is adding a fourth engine option for the main sedan in its Infiniti line to better serve global markets.

     Starting this spring, the company will release a Q50 powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine, the smallest engine ever put in the luxury sedan. The engine will be procured from Germany's Daimler.

     The new Q50 will first be sold in China, with plans to sell it in Europe in the fall and globally thereafter.

     The Q50 was initially released in the U.S. last August, and nearly 20,000 had sold by the end of the year. It is now sold in Europe as well and was released in Japan in February. In the U.S., it has two engine options -- a 3.7-liter gasoline engine and a hybrid system combining a 3.5-liter gasoline engine with an electric motor. In Europe, it is available with a 2.2-liter turbocharged diesel engine.

     By adding the new engine, the automaker will have a wide variety of options suitable for a broad range of customers and markets.

     Nissan formed a capital partnership with Daimler in April 2010. The Japanese automaker aims to use its German partner's engines to reduce development costs while broadening the customer base.

(Nikkei)

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