Infiniti and Daimler are developing a new platform that will underpin four models including a crossover vehicle, Infiniti president Johan de Nysschen remarked. He told Bloomberg in an interview that the first car underpinned by the architecture will arrive in 2017. Daimler disclosed in September 2013 that it is looking to expand its collaboration with Japanese carmaker Nissan and French partner Renault SA to produce parts for compact vehicles.
Daimler unit Mercedes-Benz licenses transmissions to Infiniti under a 2012 agreement based on the cooperation framework. “Within the cooperation, we are open for new projects as long as all partners benefit from them,” Daimler spokesman Thomas Froehlich told Bloomberg by phone.
The Daimler-Infiniti partnership can be traced back several years ago. Infiniti will build its second plant in North America in either the United States or Mexico to diversify production outside Japan.
The luxury carmaker may make its decision on the site this quarter, de Nysschen told journalists Monday at the Detroit auto show. The carmaker is currently building a plant in Sunderland, England, to build the new compact Q30.
The UK factory is due to be completed by 2-15 and serve as global hub for the car, which will come as gasoline and diesel units, de Nysschen said. Infiniti will also starting building two models at Nissan’s Xiangyang site in central China. Infiniti posted a 54-percent climb in sales in 2013 to 17,108 in the China, which de Nysschen calls as the world’s eventual largest luxury-car market. [source: automotive news - sub. required]