Nissan to End Production of Infiniti Brand Cars in Britain

Economy

London, March 12 (Jiji Press)--Nissan Motor Co. <7201> said Tuesday that it will end output of Infiniti brand luxury cars at its plant in Sunderland, northeastern Britain, as early as around the middle of this year, as part of its ongoing global production system review.

The major Japanese automaker will concentrate its management resources in North America and China while pulling the Infinity brand out of Western Europe.

The decision is also believed to have reflected Britain's planned exit from the European Union.

Nissan plans to cut jobs at the Sunderland factory. The company will hold talks with employees to be affected on their fates, including possible relocation to other workplaces.

Two Infiniti models--the Q30, a sedan, and the QX30, an SUV--are currently manufactured at the plant.

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