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Infiniti Motor begins engine assembly at Decherd Powertrain Plant, US

ABR Staff Writer Published 27 June 2014

Hong Kong-based luxury vehicle maker Infiniti Motor has commenced assembly of the 2.0L turbo engines at its Infiniti Decherd Powertrain Plant in Tennessee, US.

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The facility has started assembly of the 2L turbocharged gasoline four-cylinder engine developed by Daimler for the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan and Mercedes-Benz C-Class vehicles.

The engines will be primarily used in European versions of the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, which are being assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Infiniti Motor Company president Johan de Nysschen said opening of the new facility is beginning of the company's manufacturing expansion.

"Infiniti needs additional capacity to fuel the expected growth which will be driven by our expanding portfolio," de Nysschen added.

"It will leverage the technologies, expertise and highest level of manufacturing standards from both companies, which, in turn, benefit from the synergy and economies of scale of this joint effort."

The new 310,00ft² facility was built with investments of about $319m and houses various energy efficient design features such as a heat-reflecting white roof and natural daytime lighting through use of a skylight grid.

With the move, Infiniti has created about 200 new jobs, while the workforce is expected to increase 400 after the facility reaches its full production capacity of 250,000 engines per annum.


Image: Officials at the ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.



Source: Company Press Release