Infiniti Q30 officially starts production in Sunderland, UK image

Infiniti has just started the production of the Q30 active compact in Sunderland, UK, as the first vehicle has officially rolled off the assembly line.

The first new Infiniti Q30 vehicles are now in production at the brand’s newly-built facilities in Sunderland, UK, following a 250-million-pound investment that has created 300 new jobs. Infiniti’s first compact model, the Q30, is also the brand’s first model to be built in Europe, as the decision to be manufactured in UK had been made back in 2012. “Q30 comes at a moment of significant opportunity for Infiniti. Following a period of record global sales, we are entering a new segment with the Q30. This new active compact will play a vital role in our strategy to become a top tier global premium brand,” Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti Motor Company, declared.

The new Infiniti Q30 is making use of the same MRA platform as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and several body panels have been borrowed from the German premium compact car. The interior design is also slightly shared with its European cousin, such as the instrument cluster display and some of the buttons. In term of power-plants, the 2016 Infiniti Q30 is making use of the 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline, rated at 122 HP (90 kW) and with a 156 HP (115 kW) version. The 1.5-liter diesel option is coming with 109 HP (80 kW) and there is also a 2.2-liter diesel, with 170 HP (125 kW). In the Premium or Sport variants, customers can also order the 2.0-liter gasoline engine, with 211 HP (155 kW). Transmission options include the 6-speed manual or the optional seven-speed dual-clutch. The Q30 will be offered for sale by the end of the year.