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Nissan to end luxury Infiniti car production in Sunderland

A worker builds an Infiniti Q30 at at Nissan's Sunderland plant 

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Britain’s car industry has been dealt a fresh blow with Nissan’s premium marque Infiniti announcing it will stop building cars at the company’s giant Sunderland plant.

The decision to cease production of the Q30 hatchback and QX30 crossover comes just five years after the Japanese car maker decided to start production at the North East plant, part of a £250m investment in the site, which was seen as a huge vote of confidence in UK manufacturing.

Infiniti cars failed to catch the imagination of European buyers and production will halt in the summer.

Of a total of 442,000 cars rolling off the production lines at Sunderland last year, just 12,400 were Infinitis, down from 27,000 the year before…

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