We knew that Nissan was working on an Infiniti compact, but we just didn’t know when it would reach production. It’s all cleared up today as the Japanese automaker has confirmed that its Infiniti Compact will enter production in 2014.
“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 executive vice president.
The news comes straight from the company today, as it inked a tentative deal with Magna Steyr, a division of Canadian automotive parts supplier Magna. This would be Magna Steyr’s first vehicle assembly agreement.
The new vehicle is slated to be based on the Infiniti Ethera Concept, and will be built in Austria by Magna Steyr. This new entry-level vehicle by Infiniti will be priced and sized under the current Infiniti G sports sedan.
This vehicle also represents another element of Nissans partnership with Mercedes, as this new compact will be based on the German automaker’s MFA platform, which is used in Mercedes-Benz’s A- and B-class vehicles.