Infiniti to create a Bmw 1-Series rival that will use Daimler technology

Article by Christian A., on August 26, 2010

Within the next two years, expect Infiniti to offer models with Daimler-sourced four- and six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, according to the announcement from these two companies with regards to their tie-in. Sources say that the two companies started working on this sharing project months ago.

This collaboration is predicted to save Nissan about a billion Euros in development costs over the next five years. In an interview with Autocar, Nissan senior vice president Andy Palmer said that the key is to keep the identity of the Infiniti brand.

He said that its engineers are working to make sure that the engines are made according to its preferences and will be made "more sporty."

Palmer added that working with Daimler gives them access to engines that they couldn't afford to develop on their own. Palmer said further that the tie-in, which will widen its diesel options, will allow it to enter some key markets.

This solves a developing problem that Nisssan has with the Renault-sourced 3.0-liter V6 diesel, which will not be able to comply with EURO VI emissions requirements. Palmer confirmed that there is a plan to create a rival to the BMW 1-Series that will use Daimler technology. He clarified though that this will go on sale after the launch of Infiniti's electric car, a Nissan Leaf spin-off.

He said that it's highly likely that it will release a small car for the European market, after having seen the emerging market for small premium cars and at what Lexus is doing with the CT200h.

While Nissan doesn't intend to follow the Lexus hybrid model, it does want to create a rival for the 1-series and Audi A3. Nissan also has plans to produce a van-based spin-off of the Leaf and Infiniti's Leaf variant that will both be built in Sunderland. [via autocar]

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Nissan revealed that the new 2017 Rogue Sport crossover will be priced in the U.S. market at $21,420. Specifically, this is for the front-wheel drive version of the Rogue Sport...
by - April 26, 2017
Remember the E30 BMW M3? Yes, the one from 1990. If you remember it right, it was also the company’s most iconic car and probably one of the best BMW...
by - April 26, 2017
Ferrari is cooking up something interesting for us. The last time they released the 488 GTB was two years ago, followed by a 488 Spider and several versions of it....
by - April 26, 2017
After launching the latest version of the BMW M550i xDrive, the German carmaker is now introducing its diesel counterpart -- the new M550d xDrive (G30/G31). Available either as a sedan...
by - April 26, 2017
A lot of news has been going around about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon lately, and people are arguing whether the 840 horsepower vehicle by Fiat Chrysler should be...
by - April 26, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries