Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Sunderland Q30 to bow at Frankfurt
Visitors to the Frankfurt Motor Show in September will see the first Infiniti Q30 Premium Active Compact that will be built at Nissan’s Sunderland, UK plant next year
Sunderland becomes the fourth production location on three continents to build Infiniti vehicles.
Featuring Infiniti’s “iconic design language”, Nissan claims the new Q30 represents “a category-breaking vehicle concept developed for customers seeking urban individuality”.
Its dynamic drive characteristics provide for Infiniti-typical confident and responsive performance as well as excellent ride and handling, Nissan claims further.
Crafted trims and expressive interiors extend the striking design approach from the exterior into the passenger cabin.
The public premiere of Q30 Active Compact comes just two years after its precursor, the Q30 Concept, was introduced at the 2013 Frankfurt show.
“Design is a key pillar of the Infiniti brand – and the new Q30 Active Compact perfectly embodies this approach,” declares Infiniti president Roland Krueger. “The Q30 Active Compact delivers the distinctive design, driving dynamics and individuality that our customers expect of an Infiniti vehicle. With our first entry in the compact car segment, we continue the product offensive and provide additional options for our discerning customers.”
Best half-yearly production
Meanwhile, three cars were built in the UK every minute in the first six months of the year after the best half-yearly production output since 2008, new figures have shown.
A total of 793,642 cars were built between January and June, up by 0.3 per cent on a year ago, reports the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
About a third of the cars were produced by Nissan in Sunderland, which is on track to make more than 500,000 vehicles for the fourth year running.