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.