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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.
 

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I had a feeling this might not hold up over the long term and its unfortunate. What does help is rethinking if you really want a Q30/Qx30 for the long term. Short term ownership won't be a problem but down the road this might impact us when it comes to parts.

How long are you guys planning to own for?
 

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Regular maintenance parts should work, as for everything else i'm not sure, that requires looking at the type of specifics that would be clear to someone looking at a service manual or someone that has better insight than the typical person.
 

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A lease would probably end up the easiest and "safest" in that scenario then. If there's any uncertainty on parts, I'd rather not take that chance.
 

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This was some information I foundas well.

Nissan decided in October its premium Infiniti brand would not use the "MFA2", an upgraded Daimler car platform that the companies have jointly funded for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class family and the Infiniti Q30 and QX30 hatchbacks, in part because Infiniti was not performing well enough to absorb Mercedes technology costs, the sources said.

"It wasn't possible to close a deal on the basis of MFA2," said one of the people. "The targets set by Infiniti were too difficult to achieve."
Nissan halts joint development of luxury cars with Daimler - report
 

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A lease would probably end up the easiest and "safest" in that scenario then. If there's any uncertainty on parts, I'd rather not take that chance.
Well overall there is uncertainty with this product, it's new, we have no historical information on it and are just jumping into it. Not to say this will be the case with the Q30 but any time a new vehicle launches for the first time you should always have some level of skepticism even if a lot of things add up and it checks enough boxes for you personally.
 

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This is concerning regarding Infiniti's future lineup since they've already sank so much money that could have gone elsewhere into the platform's development and have nothing to show for it. As least the current gen Q30 is fine as it's still sitting on a Mercedes platform, but not so much its future iterations.
 
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