Today, May 28th, Dongfeng Motor and Xiangyang city officials declared that the Xiangyang plant in Hubei Province, China, will be the one to produce the Infiniti.
The Xiangyang plant is operated by Dongfeng, Nissan’s JV in China, and will manufacture two Infiniti models beginning 2014. The company will invest RMB 2 billion (US$ 315 million) in this facility to meet the growing demand in this country. The facility currently produces the Murano and Teana, and production will be increased from 130K to 250K units.
“The localization of Infiniti at our Xiangyang plant is a significant milestone for us,” said Kimiyasu Nakamura, president of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd (DFL). “It proves that we are fully capable of producing luxury vehicles of the highest quality standards here in China, at the same level of quality as the Tochigi plant, its mother plant, in Japan,” he added.
The Infiniti brand was introduced in China in 2007 and since then it continued to develop and expand its product lineup and sales network to meet the Chinese growing demand in the luxury segment. The company tries to reach its global sales target of 500,000 vehicles by 2016.