Nissan officially announced Canadian contractor Magna Steyr as the assembler of Infiniti’s new compact luxury model, due in 2014. Magna, who has also built cars for Mercedes and BMW, is already preparing production sites for Infiniti’s newcomer, while Nissan is busy finalizing the details for the manufacturing and supply agreements.
As for the car itself, while it’s not confirmed yet, it is expected to be a production version of the Infiniti Etherea concept pictured above. The car is in the right size for a premium hatchback. Also, according to Auto News Europe, the car will be built on the same platform as the new Mercedes A and B-Class. Infiniti is apparently only in charge of the design.
No details on the engines yet, although with the number of electric concepts Infiniti has revealed in recent years, we won’t be at all surprised if the new compact car gets some sort of green powertrain.
“This new vehicle represents a significant opportunity for the Infiniti brand to reach new consumers and grow in key markets such as Western Europe,” said Andy Palmer, Nissan Motor Company executive vice president who is responsible for Infiniti. “We are pleased to be working with Magna Steyr to realize this important product.”
G?nther Apfalter, President of Magna Europe and Magna Steyr, stated, “We are very delighted to sign this first vehicle assembly agreement with Infiniti. It is an important milestone to further diversify Magna Steyr’s customer portfolio as a supplier of engineering services and complete vehicle assembly.”