Auto News: Infiniti Will Cease European Presence In Early 2020

Previous year the company delivered just 6,000 units in the region. Infiniti added that the move would have no impact on Infiniti's ongoing operations in Eastern Europe, Middle East and, Asia, which continue to grow. Take out dealer demonstrators and head office registrations, and nearly nobody has actually walked into a dealership and bought a new Infiniti so far this year.

Sunderland made about 12,000 Infinitis past year, a sliver of its more than 442,000 total units produced.

United Kingdom production of the Q30 at the Sunderland plant will end imminently.

According to Autocar, Infiniti accumulated approximately 60,000 customers in Europe since it entered the market in 2008.

In a statement, Unite national officer Steve Bush said the decision, while driven by poor sales, was "obviously sad news".

Infiniti sales were down 78% previous year, with 750 cars registered, according to SMMT figures.

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Nissan launched its Infiniti line in 1989 looking to get a piece of luxury-car sales.

The early axing of the Q30 and QX30 from Sunderland, which were never big sellers but have been hit further by the drop in demand from diesel, would leave Infiniti with only the Q50 saloon as the sole model in its range.

"In the coming weeks Unite will be working closely with Nissan to protect jobs and ensure that redeployment is carried out in an open and transparent way".

Unite said it would be seeking assurances on future employment and was confident of securing redeployment opportunities for the 200 plus workers affected.

Infiniti has announced a restructuring plan that will focus the brand on its largest growth markets, which are North America and China. They are consulting with the representatives of its employees to determine appropriate support as they opportunities for the transition.

Vanessa Coleman