PRODUCTION OF THE INFINITI Q30 STARTS IN THE UK
The first new Infiniti Q30 vehicles are now in production at the brand’s newly-built facilities in Sunderland, UK, following a £250m investment that has created 300 new jobs. Infiniti’s first compact model,the Q30, is also the brand’s first vehicle to be manufactured in Europe. As part of its global growth plan, Infiniti vehicles are now built in five plants in four countries on three continents. Trevor Mann, Chief Performance Officer of Nissan Motor Corporation, today joins Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti Motor Company,and the 6,700-strong workforce in Sunderland to mark the latest milestone in Infiniti’s global expansion.
Mann says: “Today we are beginning an exciting new chapter in the Infiniti story, and I can’t think of a better place to start than here at Nissan’s Sunderland plant. Over its 30 year history, Sunderland has grown into the UK’s largest automotive plant. It is renowned for delivering high-quality, top-selling vehicles, and is regarded as a world-class production facility with a highly skilled and dedicated work force. “To prepare for Q30 production, we invested 250-million pounds here in the UK. This is creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the UK automotive industry. Q30 production is further strengthening our premium vehicle manufacturing capability in Sunderland, and exports to global markets such as China and North America signal the next phase in the expansion of Infiniti and a new chapter for our UK plant.” The decision to build the Q30 in the UK was made in 2012 in recognition of the outstanding quality standards reached by the workforce in Sunderland over many years. Since then, the plant’s journey to Infiniti has created a new generation of premium car builders, with an unprecedented training programme for 4,000 staff in the requirements and expectations of Infiniti customers. The workforce also includes a select group of newly-appointed master craftspeople. At each stage of the production process, they ensure every individual Q30 meets Infiniti’s premium manufacturing standards.
The Infiniti Q30 will go on sale in selected markets later in 2015. Prices will start from £19,780 OTR for the petrol version and from £20,730 OTR for the diesel version.
In addition to the main Q30 range, Infiniti is launching Q30 City Black Edition – a unique ‘first edition’that has been specially created for European customers as a way of marking Infiniti’s first European-built model. Boasting all the savoir faire to be a hit from Paris to Madrid, London to Berlin, Q30 City Black echoes everything that Q30 offers in the most captivating expression of the new active compact, with the emphasis on the highest quality materials and most advanced technologies. Priced from £26,110 OTR the Infiniti Q30 City Black will be available from mid-September as an exclusive Europe-only model.
Combining the sportiness of a coupé and the empowered stance of a crossover the Q30 breaks new ground.
• 17" steel wheels with 215/60R17 tyres and wheel covers
• Black lacquer wheel arch mouldings / Black lacquer side sills
• Single zone manual air conditioning
• AM/FM audio system with single CD player
• 7 airbags (front driver and passenger airbags, front hip-thorax side airbags, front-to-rear curtain airbags, driver knee airbag)
• Forward collision warning & stop
• 18" 5 double-spoke light two-tone resurfaced black alloy wheels
• LED auto-level headlights
• Alcantara and leatherette seat facings with purple stitching
• Alcantara dashboard finisher
• Infiniti InTouch navigation system
• Automatic park assistance with Around View Monitor