After the mounting Sino-Japanese tensions from 2012 made Nissan’s premium brand Infiniti stop the building of its new northeastern China manufacturing facility, the Japanese brand announced it moved to restart construction.
Built in cooperation with Nissan’s Chinese manufacturing partner Dongfeng Motor and according to Lu Feng, the head of the legal and securities affairs department at the Chinese automaker, Infiniti resumed work on the factory, located in the Liaoning province, with an estimated time of completion of 12 to 14 months and an initial production capacity of more than 100,000 units.
“We had to slow the project down due to the Sino-Japan relationship,” said Lu. “We have restarted the project.”
Back in 2012, a Chinese consumer boycott in 2012 amid escalating political tensions between the two countries impacted Japanese automakers sales in China, but now all carmakers are stepping up their presence in the world’s largest single car market.
Infiniti aims to start assembly locally of the – Chinese oriented – long-wheelbase versions of the Q50 sedan and QX50 crossover at Nissan’s Xiangyang facility in central China. According to Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen, besides increased global deliveries, for the fiscal year ending next March the automaker aims to grow its Chinese deliveries by 75% to more than 30,000 cars.