Automotive News reports Nissan will turn to Magna Steyr to build a new Infiniti compact car in 2014. The Austrian manufacturer will assemble the vehicle as part of the luxury brand's efforts to grow in western Europe and other global markets.

So far, Nissan and Infiniti have been tight-lipped about what the vehicle will bring to the table, but earlier reports have hinted the model will be designed to compete directly with the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class. Speaking of Mercedes-Benz, the new Infiniti will likely ride on the same underpinnings as the current A and B-Class models.

The report says Nissan is set to use a number of Daimler components in the new compact, including Mercedes-Benz four and six-cylinder engines. Expect to see both gasoline and diesel variants as well. Magna Steyr is expected to produce between 50,000 and 60,000 Infiniti units per year. The two companies are currently finalizing the details of the agreement.


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      Demi.Hoor
      • 2 Years Ago
      Funny how quickly a car manufacturer's focus on their high-end brand can go awry. I mean when I see Acuras on the market that are less expensive than Hondas, what's the point anymore????? At that point, it has just become another competing brand.
        Gubbins
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Demi.Hoor
        Great call. In Honda's case, they never really made it to true Tier 1 status because they never wanted to commit the resources necessary to do it.
        - v o c t u s -
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Demi.Hoor
        because many people honestly just want the luxury badge for prestige image
      Bassracerx
      • 2 Years Ago
      i like the strategy of making an all new car instead of watering down the G class to meet acertain pricepoint. making it a compleatly undisireable model. granted there are a lot of people who will buy a g25 and love it because it meets thier requirements and they dont want anymore. im thinking of something like a nissan sentra SE-r spec v with an infinity badge and a way nicer interior
      dzuan
      • 2 Years Ago
      People don't really buy Infiniti for the badge, the brand does not have much Cachet as Mercedes, people buy Infiniti for the quality and value. and to be a bit different from the rest. Its good Infiniti is expanding into the European market. let's hope it will be a nice entry car and that it will be offered in the states also.
        jmi2
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dzuan
        i have to agree; i bought my first Infiniti when i had an appointment at a Jaguar dealer & he said he'd be taking another hour with a walk-in customer; i went to other dealers on the strip, stopped at Infiniti, salesman gave me a set of keys & i was off; i was impressed right the minute i touched the gas peddle and am now on my 3rd - an EX35 - the best being the FX; i'd be interested in a smaller one if they came out with it because I do mostly city driving AND if it looked like the Etherea, i'd definitely be interested. i think it's probably the 'suicide' doors...
          Gubbins
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jmi2
          I wouldn't count on the suicide doors making production. Notwithstanding the jitters such terms give to lawyers, they're very difficult to offer and still meet side impact and roof-crush standards, among other things.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @dzuan
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          art
          • 2 Years Ago
          Why wouldn't you buy a 330 hp rwd manual with a LSD and a beautiful interior for a great price?! It makes sense in the sport luxury segment.
          Maddoxx
          • 2 Years Ago
          People buy Infiniti for thier reliability,performance, design and value. Their interiors are great, they''re user friendly, safe and loaded with innovative tech features. Also the dealership experience is awesome
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Sukairain
      • 2 Years Ago
      The same Magna Steyr that makes these cars? Aston Martin Rapide Mini Countryman (Crossover) Peugeot RCZ[5] Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG aluminum body Mercedes-Benz G-Class
      Jonathan Brown
      • 2 Years Ago
      Type your comment hereHoe it does well for Infiniti and mercedes....They need more near luxury volume products. NOt a big fan of either brand but its a smart move and I admire their planning.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jonathan Brown
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