It’s about time that Infiniti, Nissan Motor Company’s premium sub brand made its way to India. Andy Palmer, chief planning officer at Nissan echoes the same sentiment. In an interview with Autocar Professional, he suggested that Infiniti’s entry to India is inevitable, even hinting at a possible plans for local manufacturing/assembly. The new Q30 premium hatchback concept was also mentioned. Displayed at Frankfurt last year, this car should spearhead Nissan’s Infiniti Indian plans after its global debut, according to Palmer.
To be produced in association with Daimler, the Q30 platform is going to sprawl a crossover as well, to be dubbed as the QX30. Both are going to be manufactured at Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK in Sunderland, one of Europe’s largest automotive assembly plants and current home to the Qashqai and Juke crossovers. The all-new Q30 is said to mark a new chapter for Infiniti Motor Company.
Palmer also said that Nissan are aiming at an overall 10 percent market share in the Indian market by FY 2016, Infiniti included. Most of that will come from Datsun, the fresh low cost brand that Palmer reckons will eventually grasp a considerable 50 percent of all Nissan India sales. In order to meet that, he says that the dealer network will have to expand. The current crop of 160 Datsun outlets in the country will be increased to 200 soon, and 300 thereafter. These will cater to the Go hatchback, the upcoming Go+ MPV and possibly a low cost sedan. So far, the Go hatchback has garnered over 7,500 units.
And last but not the least; Andy Palmer would like to see the king- the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo on Indian roads soon, as a halo product of sorts. Yes please!
To see more high resolution images of the Infiniti Q30 Concept, head to the gallery below.