Infiniti prepares production start in Europe image

The Japanese automaker’s plans to begin production on the Old Continent move ahead as approval was given to build a major new extension to the record-breaking production facility in Sunderland, UK.

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.

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 Sunderland City Council’s Development Control Committee granted planning approval yesterday. 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.