Infiniti, Mercedes working on new vehicle architecture

Infiniti will design a new platform with Mercedes-Benz.

Infiniti is developing a new vehicle architecture with Mercedes-Benz that will eventually underpin four new models, the luxury division's president has revealed.

Johan de Nysschen, head of Nissan's luxury Infiniti brand, revealed to Bloomberg on the sidelines of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week that Infiniti is working with Mercedes to engineer a platform that will serve as the basis for four new vehicles. De Nysschen didn't get into details, including timing, but said one of those new models will be a crossover.

De Nysschen also didn't make clear how many vehicles the jointly-developed architecture might spawn for Mercedes-Benz.

The new models will likely be sold both here in the U.S. and in China. Infiniti's U.S. sales slipped 2.9 percent to 116,455 units last year. Infiniti is expecting China, which bought 17,108 Infiniti-badged vehicles in 2013, to be the company's single largest market by the end of the decade, with the new models likely to play a crucial role in that goal.

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