Infiniti Production to Start at Sunderland Plant

               Infiniti Production to Start at Sunderland Plant

  PR Newswire

  YOKOHAMA, Japan, December 19, 2012

YOKOHAMA, Japan, December 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  *Infiniti's first premium compact car to be produced at Nissan's UK Plant
    in Sunderland from 2015
  *Around £250 million investment
  *Around 1,000 additional UK jobs
  *Announced in the week that Sunderland produces 500,000 units annually for
    the first time, an all-time industry record

Infiniti, the premium car brand of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd, today confirmed that,
consistent with its global expansion plans, it will manufacture vehicles in
Europe from Nissan's award winning production base in Sunderland, United

The announcement represents a substantial investment of around £250mn into the
facility and is expected to secure a further 1,000 jobs at Sunderland and
across the UK.

Colin Dodge CBE, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd Executive Vice President and Chief
Performance Officer, stated: "This milestone, our first premium product to be
manufactured at Sunderland, reconfirms our commitment to UK manufacturing and
the ongoing success of the plant, which is moving up the value chain.

"Just as important, the new Infiniti, which will be exported around the world,
is being developed with help from our London design centre and our European
Technical Centre."

Attending a ceremony at Sunderland, Business Secretary Vince Cable said:
"Sunderland will be the only place in the world to make this new premium
compact car. Nissan in the UK goes from strength to strength - not only will
the new car be made here and exported all over the world, the UK has already
contributed to its design and development.

"Today's news is a strong endorsement of the quality of Britain's car
industry, which is creating jobs, taking on apprentices and contributing to
building a stronger economy. The auto sector is living up to being one of the
great success stories of our industrial strategy and a testimony to government
and private sector working together in close partnership."

The exciting all-new premium entry compact Infiniti model is expected to be
produced from 2015 and will allow the company to compete within the heart of
the premium segment for the first time, underlining the brand's ambition to
become a major worldwide competitor.

When production begins, Infiniti will become the first new car brand to be
manufactured in the UK on this scale in 23 years.

UK Production of Infiniti is expected to create an additional 1,000 jobs
across the country, including 280 new jobs at the Sunderland Plant, with a
capacity to produce 60,000 Infiniti models per year.

The announcement coincides with the news that this year, Nissan's Sunderland
Plant will produce more than half a million cars for the first time - the
first UK manufacturer to achieve this milestone. During 2012, employment on
site passed 6,000 for the first time and global exports from the plant now
exceed five million units.

Because of capacity limitations at Sunderland, securing the new Infiniti will
mean that a C-segment hatchback previously announced for the plant in April
will be manufactured elsewhere. Sourcing for this vehicle will be decided and
announced at a later date.

Notes to editors

About Infiniti

Infiniti was launched in 1989 in the United States.Infiniti's global
footprint expanded into Canada in 1990, Taiwan in 1997, the Middle-East in
2004, Korea in 2005 and Russia in 2006. Global expansion continued in 2007 in
the Ukraine and in China. In 2008 Infiniti launched in Western and Central
Europe which has added 19 additional markets. Infiniti is sold globally in 47
markets to-date.

About Nissan Sunderland Plant

Production started at Nissan Sunderland Plant in September 1986. Total
investment made and announced since then is over £3.5bn and total plant volume
stands at more than 6.9 million units. 80 per cent of production is exported
to 97 international markets. Its current model line-up is Qashqai, Qashqai+2,
Juke and Note. Forthcoming production at the plant includes the 100% electric
Nissan LEAF, the new Nissan Note and the next-generation Nissan Qashqai.

Contact: For further information please contact:INFINITI Terry Steeden,
Mobile: +44(0)7796-938516, Nathalie Greve, Mobile: +852-9447-9711. NISSAN
David Swerdlow, Mobile: +44(0)7747-118341, Paul James, Mobile:
+44(0)7814-851943, Lucy Banwell, Mobile: +44(0)7969-182856.
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