Infiniti is bullish about its future in Europe. Nissan's premium brand started production of the new Q30 compact premium hatchback in Sunderland, England, in December and will add output of the QX30 compact crossover at the plant later this year. With those two additions, Infiniti CEO Roland Krueger expects 2016 to be a breakout year for Nissan's premium brand. He also revealed his alternative powertrain preferences in an interview with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Bruce Gain.
How will Q30 help Infiniti in Europe?
This car is definitely a game changer for us. We finally have the right car for the right segment in Europe.
What is your midterm sales target?
We don't communicate forecasts, but we want to continue growing. We are confident that we can.
Do you plan to offer more hybrids and other alternative powertrains?
We already have hybrids and will continue to develop them. Nissan is also the worldwide leader in electric vehicles. Nissan has key know-how and the capability to further develop this technology, which we at Infiniti are also utilizing. Let’s call it the electrification of drivetrains, which will be a key competence that we get from Nissan.