The Sunderland Plant produced the very first Infiniti Q30 hatchbacks today.
The Q30 and QX30 are aiming to double Infiinti's sales within the next few years. 2015 has only seen the brand sell ~192,000 units.
The Sunderland Plant received a £250 million investment to outfit it with a new paint job and assembly line extension. The UK government also invested £9.2m through the Regional Growth Fund.
The QX30 should begin rolling off this same production line in approximately a month from now. The first vehicles made at the Sunderland plant will be exported to the US and China.“To prepare for Q30 production, we invested 250-million pounds here in the UK. This is creating more than 1,000 new jobs in the UK automotive industry. Q30 production is further strengthening our premium vehicle manufacturing capability in Sunderland, and exports to global markets such as China and North America signal the next phase in the expansion of Infiniti and a new chapter for our UK plant,” said Trevor Mann, Chief Performance Officer of Nissan Motor Corporation.