Infiniti To End QX30 Production In U.K.

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, Automotive Editor - March 13, 2019

As part of a greater plan to focus on markets that offer the most potential for growth, Infiniti will withdraw from Western Europe (aka Britain). With the U.K. out of focus, Infiniti will be better able to cater better to consumers in North America and China.

As far as affected models go, the Q30 sedan, which isn't sold in the U.S., and the QX30 crossover (a joint effort that shares a lot of components with the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class) will no longer be built at Nissan's Sunderland facility in England. With production of the QX30 coming to an end, we reached out to an Infiniti spokesperson to see if this means an end for the QX30 or if the automaker would move production of the vehicle to another plant. Unfortunately, it looks like the end of the line for the crossover.

“Production of QX30 will cease for global markets in mid-2019, and there is not an immediate replacement to announce,” said Kyle Bazemore. For whatever it's worth, Infiniti claiming that it doesn't have a replacement to announce doesn't really mean it doesn't have something in the pipeline. Automakers usually keep future vehicles close to their chest.

Nissan, Infiniti's parent company, recently announced plans to stop manufacturing the X-Trail SUV, which is known as the Rogue in the U.S., at the Sunderland plant, as well. That decision, though, was based on the uncertain future that Brexit represents.

In terms of sales figure for the QX30 in the U.S., the premium crossover wasn't very popular. In its first full year on the market (2017), the vehicle only accounted for 14,093 total sales. In 2018, that figure fell to just 8,101. With the crossover's poor sales figures, we had a feeling that the QX30 would be discontinued. For some perspective, the Toyota RAV4, one of the most popular crossovers on the market, accounted for 407,594 total sales in 2017 and 427,168 total units sold in 2018.

According to Bloomberg, Infiniti's sales in the European Union weren't too hot last year. The luxury automaker saw its total sales drop by 34 percent to 10,958 units. In 2018, Audi managed to sell a total of 700,674 vehicles, BMW sold 778,343 cars, and Mercedes shifted 838,358 vehicles.

With Infiniti's decision to stop selling its entry-level model in the U.S., the Q50 sedan will be the most affordable vehicle in its lineup. The lack of the QX30 also leaves Infiniti without a competitor in the subcompact crossover segment. While there's no word on a direct replacement, it's highly unlikely that Infiniti would not offer something that has a similar size, as it's one of the more popular segments at the moment.

In a statement outlining its decision to pull out of the U.K., Infiniti claims that it will electrify its lineup starting in 2021 and discontinue its diesel offerings. As for as North America is concerned, more SUVs are in store. Consumers that are still interested in purchasing a QX30 will be able to purchase a model throughout the rest of the year.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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