Infiniti becomes first major new car brand to begin large-scale manufacturing in the UK for 23 years

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.

The 750 acre plant is already the largest in the UK producing just under half a million cars per year.

Infiniti’s first compact model is the luxury brand’s first vehicle to be manufactured in Europe and also makes it the first major new car brand to begin manufacturing in the UK on such a scale for 23 years. The Sunderland plant has capacity to produce up to 60,000 Infiniti vehicles per year

Trevor Mann, Chief Performance Officer of Nissan Motor Company, today joined Infiniti President Roland Krueger and the 6,700-strong workforce in Sunderland to mark the latest milestone in Infiniti’s global expansion.

Infiniti vehicles will now be built in five plants in four countries on three continents and follows a period of record global sales. The launch of Infiniti’s first compact vehicle will play a vital role in the brand’s strategy to become a top tier global premium brand

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 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.