Nissan has officially halted joint development of cars with Daimler, thus ending the partnership that produced the upgraded platform both the Q30 and QX30 are sitting on.
Infiniti boss Roland Krueger told Autocar that the decision was made based on the upcoming SUV. The QX50 SUV will be featuring the company’s new VC-T powertrain and it can’t be used with the MFA2 platform.
"We have a very good relationship with Mercedes," said Krueger. "In this particular case, we have decided other projects needed to be prioritised [over the joint MFA2 project] and that's what we did.
But other sources like Automotive News claims that the decision was made because on financial reasons. Back in October, Nissan decided to step away from the MFA2 platform as they were not hitting their targets and performing well enough to absorb the technology development costs. Meaning Infiniti will not be using the small car platform in their future compact car lineup which will see an increase from five to eight models.
This move could prove detrimental to the brand as Nissan may need to write off part of the 250 million pounds ($500 million) that’s invested into their UK plant for the Daimler based retooling. But maybe the retooling efforts will shift towards other projects the alliance is working on.