First picture: Infiniti Q30
21 July 2015
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Infiniti has revealed its new Q30 lower medium model ahead of its Frankfurt motor show debut in September. UK sales are set to begin by the end of the year, with the car being built at Nissan's UK plant in Sunderland. .
Infiniti debuted the Q30 concept car at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show, and Nissan's premium arm last month showed a disguised version of the production car, but didn't say what will power the Q30, or how much it will cost.
Speaking to BusinessCar in April, Infiniti's UK regional director, Carl Bayliss, did though confirm that there will be a choice of petrol and diesel engines. A small SUV QX30 will also arrive in 2016.
The Japanese company recently appointed two new regional sales managers and is recruiting a corporate sales manager as the firm builds towards a potential three-fold increase in volume with the launch of the lower medium Q30 hatchback and QX30 crossover.
Miles Cooke, previously of Fiat, Ogilvie and Arval among others, joined in May and will handle the southern area, while Mark Sheedy joined this month and will work in the north of the country.
A corporate sales manager will also be appointed above them, with Bayliss last month describing the recruitment process as "very far down the road".
The departure of previous corporate sales manager Hannah Bishop to BMW at the beginning of the year allowed a rethink and revamp of the fleet operation, leading to the increased headcount, according to Bayliss.
"Now anyone looking for Infiniti has more access to the brand," he said. "We've had a real shift in the way the business operates in the last six months - from a come-and-find-us best-kept secret position, we're now more into engaging with new customers, end users and repeat customers."