Infiniti Considers Second Manufacturing Location in North America


  • 2013 Infiniti JX35 Picture

    2013 Infiniti JX35 Picture

    The Infiniti JX35 is built in the U.S. and Nissan seems intent on adding more Infiniti production here. | April 18, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Infiniti is considering adding a second manufacturing location in North America as part of its ambitious global growth strategy.
  • Infiniti vehicles are built in Japan and the U.S., where a Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee makes the Infiniti JX35 crossover.
  • Infiniti told Edmunds at the 2013 New York Auto Show that it is planning a major product blitz in the next several years.

FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Infiniti is considering adding a second manufacturing location in North America as part of its ambitious global growth strategy.

Infiniti vehicles are built in Japan and the U.S., where a Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee makes the Infiniti JX35 crossover.

Infiniti told Edmunds at the 2013 New York Auto Show that it is planning a major product blitz in the next several years that will include three compact cars and the addition of an electric vehicle based on the Nissan Leaf. Longer term, beyond 2018, two large performance cars and an Audi R8 competitor are possibilities.

"In order to support its global growth plans, Infiniti had earlier announced its intent to expand its geographic manufacturing footprint," Infiniti said in a statement on Wednesday. "Infiniti products are currently built in Japan and in the US. In addition, the company had already announced future production in the U.K. for global markets, as well as in China for the local market there. In this context, Infiniti is also considering a second manufacturing location in North America.

"Against this background, the Canadian Minister of Industry requested a meeting with Infiniti in conjunction with his current visit to the Hong Kong Expo. These are informal and early discussions as part of a regular process to assess all options for Infiniti in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. No decisions have been made in this context."

Nissan has three production plants in the U.S. — in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, and Canton, Mississippi.

Edmunds says: Not an unexpected turn of events, given Infiniti's drive to grab a larger share of global luxury vehicle sales.

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