|Infiniti founder||Bill Bruce|
|Infiniti headquarters||Hopewell Centre, Wan Chai, Hong Kong|
|Infiniti official website||www.infiniti.com|
Who makes Infiniti
Infinity is the luxury car brand created by the Japanese automaker Nissan in 1989. Although the parent company is based in Japan, the Infinity brand was originally created for the North American market. It was formally introduced to the Japanese market only in 2013. Yet, it is worth mentioning that Infinity models have equivalents in the Nissan range sold in its home country.
Where is Infiniti made
Taking into consideration that Infiniti is mainly sold in the US, it’s hardly a surprise that most of the cars are manufactured there as well. For instance, the QX56 model is made at one of the largest Infinity manufacturing plants, which is located in Canton, Mississippi.
There are several plants in Europe, which manufacture the G37 Coupe, the G37 Cabrio, the G37, the EX37, and the FX. At the end of 2015 Infinity announced that it started production of its Infiniti Q30 at the newly-built facilities in Sunderland, UK. The Infinity G Coupe and Sedan, the M, the EX, the FX, and the QX are made in the Middle East.
The first vehicle to be produced outside Japan was the QX60 crossover.
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK), which belongs to the European division of Infinity’s parent company, Nissan, is one of its most innovative plants. It is located in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, UK. Previously, this site was occupied by a Royal Air Force station Usworth.
The first car rolled off the assembly line of NMUK in 1986. That was Nissan Bluebird, the medium-sized car which is now discontinued. Most of the cars made at this plant belong to Nissan model range. The only Infiniti model produced here is Q30 (since December 2015). According to the company, it was the very first Infiniti vehicle built in Europe and the very first car to be brought from Sunderland to the auto markets of the US and China.
Infiniti Powertrain Plant – Decherd
The manufacturing facility is operated by Nissan North America, Inc. It is located in Decherd, Tennessee. Infiniti Powertrain Plant focuses on manufacturing four-cylinder engines, foreseen by collaboration between Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG.
Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant
This factory is also operated by Nissan North America, Inc. and situated in Tennessee, but this time in Smyrna. It constructs several models for Nissan (including Altima, Maxima, Nissan LEAF, Pathfinder, and Rogue) and only one model for the Infinity range: the QX60.
Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant
The Canton plant (Mississippi) also mostly deals with models from the Nissan range, including the Murano lineup, Xterra, Frontier, Titan, and Armada. However, there is also one Infinity model, the QX56 full-size luxury SUV.
Taking into consideration that China is very likely to become one of the world’s largest (or even the largest) luxury car market, it’s hardly a surprise that Infiniti is raising its presence here. For instance, in 2012, the company moved its global headquarters to Hong Kong. At the same time, Nissan announced its plans to build two Infinity models in China using Infinity manufacturing plants operated by a joint venture company, Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd.