By Drew Johnson
Wednesday, Dec 19th, 2012 @ 11:14 am
 

Infiniti has announced that it will build a new entry-level luxury vehicle at Nissan's plant in Sunderland, United Kingdom. The Sunderland plant will be the sole production facility responsible for making the Infiniti compact.

The new car, which is believed to based on the Etherea concept, is currently being developed with input from Infiniti's European Technical Centre in London. According to Colin Dodge, Nissan's Executive Vice President and Chief Performance Officer, the upcoming compact "will be exported around the world."

Infiniti will invest more than $407 million into the Sunderland plant in order to get it ready for production by 2015. The plant will have the capacity to produce 60,000 Infinitis per year.

No further details about the project were given, but Infiniti's compact - which will rival cars like the BMW 1-Series - is expected to ride on Mercedes' Modular Front Architecture, which underpins the B-Class. Previous reports indicated that the new compact would not be sold in U.S. showrooms, and the Sunderland plant's modest production capacity appears to support that.

On thing is for sure - the new car's name will start with the letter Q.