Infiniti Gives up on Western Europe, Will Leave in Early 2020

Infiniti Gives up on Western Europe, Will Leave in Early 2020

Nissan also recently scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain amid the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, saying it had taken the decision to optimise its investments by building the next generation model in Japan. As a result the Q30 auto and QX30 sports-utility vehicle will no longer be made in the UK.

"Plant management will discuss any impact on the plant with employees and their representatives", the statement said.

Of a total of 442,000 cars rolling off the production lines at Sunderland last year, just 12,400 were Infinitis, down from 27,000 the year before. According to the plan, Infiniti will withdraw from western European markets in early 2020.

Infiniti UK confirmed it will honour any outstanding vehicles warranties, while customers with a vehicle on order will be contacted in due course.

The news puts 250 jobs at risk in Sunderland.

Nissan to end Sunderland production of luxury Infiniti brand

The carmaker chose to shift production of its Q30 unit to Japan amid weak sales in western Europe, with work due to conclude in Sunderland "by mid-2019". Sadly, this means that production of the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 will end by mid-2019 at the Sunderland plant in the UK.

It said Infiniti cars would be electrified from 2021, while high-polluting diesel-powered models will be discontinued in response to strong consumer and regulatory demand for cleaner transport. Infiniti says it's working to find "alternative opportunities for any employees who would be affected".

Unite said it would be seeking assurances on future employment and was confident of securing redeployment opportunities for the 200 plus workers affected.

Infiniti announced Tuesday that as part of a "restructuring plan" that will favor the large United States and China markets, the automaker will cease operations in Western Europe.

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