Infiniti seems determined to increase its sales in China and after announcing the long-wheelbase version of the Q50 as well as the Juke-based ESQ, the Japanese manufacturer its taking things even further. Nissan announced today that it formed a joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Corp. in China, which will produce Infiniti models exclusively for the biggest automobile market.
The president of the joint venture, which will be called Dongfeng Infiniti Motor Co, will be Infiniti China’s Managing Director Daniel Kirchert.
The company aims to sell 100,000 vehicles in China by 2018 and the joint venture start producing the Q50L in November, while a long-wheelbase version of the QX50 SUV will be produced starting 2015.
"The opening of this new facility is the beginning of our manufacturing expansion. Infiniti needs additional capacity to fuel the expected growth which will be driven by our expanding portfolio," said de Nysschen. At the same time, this plant is an excellent demonstration of the strong collaboration we have with Daimler AG. "It will leverage the technologies, expertise and highest level of manufacturing standards from both companies, which, in turn, benefit from the synergy and economies of scale of this joint effort." [source: Infiniti]