Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Nissan scraps Infiniti production at Sunderland plant

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Priscilla Morrison | 12 March, 2019, 22:57

However, the plan is the latest blow to the workers at the Sunderland plant, the UK's largest vehicle factory, after Nissan previously announced plans to build its new X-Trail in Japan.

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

Infiniti plans to divert its resources to markets with bigger opportunities from a region where non-European premium brands are struggling to compete against local players such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

It's part of the carmaker's restructuring plan, one which won't have any effect on its Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asian operations.

The Nissan division added that it aimed to transform Infiniti into a "top challenger brand" in the premium sector of the world auto marketplace. It will still have a presence in terms of service, maintenance and warranty repairs, although it's unclear if they'll be Infiniti-branded centers or something else.

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Infiniti will begin to wind down its operations later this year. Infiniti wants to go fully electric by 2021, and thus won't sell any diesel-engined cars from that date.

Nissan is ending Infiniti auto sales in the United Kingdom, as part of a restructuring plan that will refocus the premium brand on markets in North America and China. Sadly, this means that production of the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 will end by mid-2019 at the Sunderland plant in the UK.

'In the coming weeks Unite will be working closely with Nissan to protect jobs and ensure that redeployment is carried out in an open and transparent way.

'Regardless, this is a disappointing decision for the up to 250 dedicated workers at Sunderland who could be affected - but the company's commitment to find alternative opportunities for those employees is welcome.

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