China: Infiniti Starts Local Production

China: Infiniti Starts Local Production

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
10 Nov 2014

With the start of Infiniti's local production in the Xiangyang Plant, China has become the third country for Infiniti's global manufacturing footprint in addition to Japan and the USA. It marks the next stage in the brand's global growth plan to expand the brand's portfolio while establishing a broader global manufacturing footprint.

The Xiangyang plant is a manufacturing complex jointly established by Dongfeng Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. The plant boasts an annual production capacity of 250,000 vehicles, 60,000 of which are dedicated for Infiniti production. The plant has many years of manufacturing experience and has undergone substantial upgrades to meet Infiniti’s local production requirements. The Xiangyang Plant applies Infiniti’s global manufacturing standards and received Infiniti manufacturing certification in March, 2014.

In addition to the Infiniti Q50L, Infiniti will also soon start producing the localized QX50 long wheelbase version at the Xiangyang Plant. Both vehicles are tailored for the Chinese market, expanding Infiniti’s product portfolio for the Chinese consumers.

China is one of Infiniti’s most important growth markets. Earlier in September, the joint venture Dongfeng Infiniti Motor Co., Ltd. was established with local partner Dongfeng Motor Corp. to jointly expand in China’s premium car market. The brand aims to raise sales in China to 100,000 vehicles by 2018, over half of which will be locally produced models. In the first three quarters of 2014, Infiniti has been the fastest growing premium auto brand in China as its sales increased by 91% year-on-year to nearly 20,800 vehicles.

Credits: Oneshift News Team

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