Could the 2013 JX35 be a harbinger of things to come? It sounds like it, as Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen announced that the brand may build an upcoming compact car in Mexico.
The Infiniti brand currently has no standalone manufacturing facility in North America; its JX crossover is built alongside various Nissans at that company’s Smyrna, Tennessee plant. de Nysschen told Automotive News, “If you’re building car for the U.S. market primarily, then U.S. production stands to reason. […] But if you want to do it for the global market, it gets more complicated. We have to consider our aspirations for further growth in Europe as well as South America. If we export vehicles from [the U.S.] to Europe, it attracts import duties. If you export vehicles from Mexico, it does not.”
While de Nysschen didn’t elaborate on what vehicle could potentially be produced in Mexico, it is expected that the first model would be Infiniti’s upcoming compact sedan. That car will slot below the G sedan and will ride on the same front-wheel drive MFA platform that Mercedes-Benz is using for its A- and B-Class. As it stands, the JX is the only Infiniti to be built outside of Japan. Also, Nissan (Infiniti’s parent company) began construction earlier this year on a $2 billion plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico to build subcompact vehicles.
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