Infiniti’s often discussed future premium compact model will not be built at Magna-Steyr, but “in-house in a European production facility,” Infiniti says in an emailed statement. The car will still “share a platform developed with Mercedes.”
The car was created as part of the partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler. Infiniti had been looking into third party production at Magna Steyr, but decided to bring production in house. With a lot of capacities sitting idle in Europe, this is a prudent and expected move.
Infiniti says that all design, engineering and development work continues on schedule. It will announce a production location and more product details closer to the start of production. The “European facility” does not necessarily mean one of the Renault-Nissan empire, it could also be a Daimler plant. By the same token, the sister Mercedes could also be built at a Renault-Nissan plant. Stay tuned.