Mystery Mercedes/Infiniti Model To Be Built At Mystery EU Plant, But Not At Magna-Steyr

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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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.

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  • Panzerfaust Panzerfaust on Oct 19, 2012

    That car looks like Lighting McQueen's Japanese mistress.

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    • Type57SC Type57SC on Oct 20, 2012

      Looks more like the bad-guy sharks from Pixar. at least the lights

  • BuzzDog BuzzDog on Oct 21, 2012

    First Lexus goes with the "angry" grille, and now Infiniti. What's with these design cues cribbed from a 1961 Plymouth?

  • Dan Dan on Oct 21, 2012

    Mongolion idiocy.

  • Dolorean Dolorean on Oct 21, 2012

    Ugh! Gawd that thing is hideous. The obvious attempt at cloning a Bimmer with those bird-of-prey headlights and flowing lines from the front fenders to the rear bussel, is near dead-on M4. Howver, instead of the M4s Joe Camel-esque nose, the Infiniti trades it for Mr. Owl's from the campy Tootsie-Pop commericial. Prognosis? Euthanise quietly by holding a pillow over its mouth til it stops breathing; telling the country Doctor it passed away in its sleep.