Infiniti announced that along with the presentation of the semi-autonomous crossover QX50 in Los Angeles, California, its production officially started this week for the global market at the COMPAS plant, located in the state of Aguascalientes.
The new QX50 will arrive to U.S. showrooms in the first quarter of 2018, while in Mexico it will be available during the summer.
COMPAS (Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes) is the new US$ 1 billion manufacturing plant of the Renault-Nissan and Daimler alliance.
At its peak, estimated for 2020, the complex will produce 230,000 vehicles per year for Infiniti. Mercedes-Benz plans to start production in 2018.
The QX50 incorporates around 65% of regional components, mainly from Mexico and the United States, while the rest come from Asia. The engine, for instance, is imported from Japan, said Yasuhiro Azuma, senior director of engineering at Nissan Mexicana.
"We are producing Infiniti vehicles for everyone. There is another plant in China that will also manufacture the QX50 but only for the Chinese market, hence Mexico will produce this model for almost every country in the world," said Herman Morfin, director of Corporate Communications at Nissan.