Japanese luxury brand Infiniti will build two of its vehicles in China starting in 2014. The announcement comes only a few months after Infiniti relocated its global headquarters from Japan to Hong Kong.
Infiniti says the decision to build cars in China underlines the brand’s commitment to the growing Chinese market. The Infiniti brand launched in China in 2007 and has since expanded the number of dealerships there. As part of parent company Nissan’s aggressive Power 88 plan, Infiniti hopes to sell 500,000 cars globally by 2016 — up from just 150,000 cars globally in 2010. A big portion of that sales gain will come from the Chinese market.
The cars will be built by Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd., a joint venture between Nissan and Chinese automaker Dongfeng Motor Corporation. Infiniti hasn’t yet said which two models will be built in China, but we can probably expect them to be large sedans or luxury SUVs that would be popular in China. Infiniti is expected to show a long-wheelbase version of the M35h at the Beijing show, but hasn’t announced if that vehicle will be one of the two Chinese-built models.