The 2016 Infiniti Q30 has gone into production at the company's Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom.

The 2016 Infiniti Q30 has gone into production at the company's Sunderland plant in the United Kingdom.

Originally unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Q30 has the distinction of being the company's first compact model as well as the brand's first vehicle to be built in Europe.  The latter required a $375+ (£250+) million investment into the plant which saw the creation of hundreds of new jobs and the building of an automated body shop which has 134 robots that laser-weld the hatchback to ensure it has a rigid bodyshell.

The car is based on the Mercedes MFA platform which also underpins the A-, B-, CLA-, and GLA-Class.  Despite the common architecture, designers went on of their way to ensure the Q30 has unique styling inside and out.

Under the hood, a variety of different engines will be available.  Petrol choices include a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder with outputs of 122 PS (90 kW) and 156 PS (115 kW) as well as a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that develops 211 PS (155 kW).  Diesel fans won't have as many options but they can select between a 1.5-liter engine with 109 PS (80 kW) or a more powerful 2.2-liter unit with 170 PS (125 kW).  Regardless of which engine is selected, it can be paired to either a six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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Infiniti Q30 goes into production [video]