Infiniti and Daimler abandoned the joint compact modelJuly 9, 2018
Infiniti and Daimler have suspended the joint development of a new compact model. According to the Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo, the reason was the shift in preferences of American buyers in the direction of crossovers and SUVs, and uncertainty about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 2015, the company began construction of a plant in the Mexican Aguascalientes, which was planned to produce premium compact cars of the next generation. By 2020, the potential production capacity of the plant should be 230,000 cars per year. In December last year, it started production of the crossover Infiniti QX50, created on a joint platform.
The alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and concern Daimler have been cooperating since 2010. The companies jointly develop power units, platforms, design electrocars and develop a cargo-and-passenger line of business. The first results of the two manufacturers were a compact Q / QX30 hatchback built on the Mercedes-Benz MFA platform and a Mercedes-Benz X-Class pickup based on Nissan Navara.