Nissan's Infiniti to exit western Europe early next year


Nissan also recently scrapped plans to build its new X-Trail SUV in Britain amid the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, saying it had taken the decision to optimise its investments by building the next generation model in Japan.

The company says the plant management "will discuss any impact on the plant with employees and their representatives". And while Infiniti plans to leave Western Europe, it will stay active in Eastern Europe, in addition to Asia and the Middle East. The stores will remain operational until a transition plan is put in place.

Existing customers are being advised to head online and register details on the Infiniti website where they will be informed about the company's restructure and service and maintenance solutions going further.

Infiniti, Nissan's luxury marque, will exit the western European market by early 2020, and cease production of the Q30 and QX30 models in England.

A spokesman said that the targets could be met by Infiniti, like any other vehicle maker, with investment in electrified technology, but there was no viable way of the company to do so.

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'In the coming weeks Unite will be working closely with Nissan to protect jobs and ensure that redeployment is carried out in an open and transparent way.

Infiniti launched in Europe and the United Kingdom in 2008, but it has never taken off here.

Unite said it would be seeking assurances on future employment and was confident of securing redeployment opportunities for the 200 plus workers affected.

The brand plans to focus more on its SUV lineup in North America, bring five new or significantly-redesigned vehicles to China over the next five years, improve quality of sales and residual value and realize more synergies with Nissan.