Two new locally built Infiniti models have been unveiled at the Shanghai motor show today
20 April 2013

The Infiniti QX50 and a long-wheelbase version of the Infiniti Q50 saloon will be built at the Nissan-Dongfeng plant in Xiangyang, Hubei Provence. Both cars received their world debut at the Shanghai motor show today.

Although the Infiniti Q50 will be sold in Europe, there are no plans to bring the long-wheelbase variant to the UK. The all-new QX50 crossover has been developed specifically for the Chinese market.

China is Infiniti’s second biggest market, after North America.

Infiniti president, Johan de Nysschen said: “China is a key market in Infiniti’s growth strategy. The decision to offer two vehicles specifically designed for the Chinese market, and produce them locally, is further evidence of our globalization strategy.

“We are expanding our product portfolio with two new models especially for the Chinese market in 2014, and plans are underway to significantly increase the dealer network from currently 60 to 80 dealers in 2014.”

Infiniti says the announcement underlines the firm’s commitment to offer targeted vehicles for local markets and build them locally. A four-cylinder diesel version of the Q50 was announced at last month’s Geneva motor show.

The Shanghai show has also seen the Asian debut of the Q50 Hybrid and a 3.7-litre V6 petrol-engined variant.

Our Verdict

Infiniti Q50

Is this less individualist Infiniti saloon more of a threat to German rivals?

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new Vantage has been developed as a Porsche 911 beater, and our first taste on UK roads suggests it can live up to that bold claim
  • Nissan Leaf Tekna
    The is the new Nissan Leaf
    First Drive
    21 March 2018
    The new version of the world's best-selling electric car gains a bigger battery and more power. How does it compare to rivals such as the Volkswagen e-Golf?
  • Range Rover p400e
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    The original luxury SUV is now available as a plug-in hybrid, promising lower emissions and the capacity for silent electric motoring
  • BMW i3s
    Car review
    20 March 2018
    Revised hatchback sets out its range-extended electric stall in a new, sportier tune
  • BMW X2
    This is the new BMW X2
    First Drive
    20 March 2018
    Doesn’t deliver many typical crossover selling points but looks perky, handles keenly and is well capable of winning over your latent cynic