Infiniti leaves Western Europe
Nissan said it would happen in early 2020
/NOVOSTIVL/ Nissan Motor will withdraw its Infiniti luxury brand from Western Europe in early 2020, and end U.K. production of two models this year. This article appeared in the Nikkei Asian Review.
The Japanese automaker will quit the hotly contested premium car segment in the region and instead focus on the U.S. and Chinese markets. Nissan will continue to sell Infinitis in Eastern Europe, including Russia, however, as well as the Middle East.
Last year, Western European sales of Infiniti came to 5,800 units, a mere 2% of global sales volume. Meanwhile, the Sunderland plant in northern England will stop making the Q30 hatchback and the QX30 crossover sport utility vehicle by mid-2019. The plant churned out 12,000 vehicles last year, including for export to other regions. The plant closure will affect 250 jobs, according to local media.