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Mercedes-Benz 'to lead Infiniti development' | Autocar

Autocar said:
Mercedes-Benz would take the lead in developing and engineering any new car shared with Infiniti and based on Mercedes' new MFA platform, according to Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche.

Infiniti will base its new British-built cross-over hatch, based on the Q30 concept shown at Frankfurt last year, on the front-drive MFA architecture that also underpins the new A-class, B-class and CLA.

"We would take the lead on developing any compact car. It is our platform," said Zetsche.

Infiniti boss Andy Palmer also suggested in an interview at Frankfurt that further Infiniti models might be based on the MFA, understood to refer to a soft-roader based on the jacked-up GLA version of the A-class.

However, Zetsche cautioned that the wide-ranging cooperation deal with Renault-Nissan and Infiniti had its practical limits.

"Too many projects could be a worry for management," he said.
 

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Interesting... Maybe they mean the suspension and engine

The interior will probably be designed by Infiniti.
 

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Sounds like Mercedes arrogance. The platofrm was CO-DEVELOPED by Infiniti and Mercedes. Thats like saying Renault has taken the powertrain lead for CLA and GLA, the european spec MFA cars all user Renault derived 4 cylinders.

Oh sorry Dr.Z too close to home?
 

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It sounds like that mostly has to do with the engine that will go in the car. Infiniti is obviously going to have control and final say on whatever the Q30 ends up as. Benz is just taking credit for their part instead of being humble.
 

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It could be Nissan/Infiniti themselves that designed it, they seem to be good with refining suspension components and setups, just look at their past and present.
 
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