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Report: Nissan phasing out production of Armada and Infiniti QX56 SUVs

 

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Sales of the Infiniti QX56 are down more than a third for the year to date

Sales of the Infiniti QX56 are down more than a third for the year to date

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Nissan is reportedly phasing out production of a number of its large vehicles at its Mississippi plant, including the Nissan Quest people mover, Nissan Armada SUV and the Armada-based Infiniti QX56. Production in the Mississippi plant will instead focus on a new large vehicle inspired by the NV2500 Concept unveiled just last month.

While Nissan is yet to confirm the demise of its fullsize SUVs, vehicles like the Armada and the Infiniti QX56 have all performed poorly in terms of sales this year, making it more and more likely that they will be dropped soon – plus the fact that strict CAFE regulations are just around the corner. Currently, the Nissan Armada is selling around half the units it did compared to last year, while the Infiniti QX56's sales are down by over a third for the year to date, reports MotorTrend.

Nevertheless, the news could just mean that Nissan will be shifting production of these models to other plants, and that the NV2500 will be joining this lineup. When Nissan unveiled the NV2500 last month, it was described as a preview of the company's entry into the North American Commercial Vehicle (CV) market.

Nissan's entrance into the commercial vehicle market may see the Japanese company sacrifice production of its poorly performing consumer SUVs and minivans, however there is still no official word from Nissan regarding this yet.

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  1. No real suprise there
     
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  2. I believe that the Infiniti Q56/Nissan Armada/Nissan Quest could be shifted to Japan, but, those models are nearing the end of their life-cycles.

    This is what I believe will be the scenario:
    • The Quest will be succeeded by a minivanMPV/Crossover-like vehicle based upon the Nissan Forum concept, which appeared in '08 during the show circuit. It should possible be more radical and break new ground.

    • The Infiniti Q56 looks to be succeeded, as some reports have indicated, by an SUV based on the JDM market Patrol, perhaps the next-generation Patrol, but be more bespoke for the Infiniti division.

    • The Nissan Armada, I'm not certain here - It could be based upon something else next-generation, or just ride off into the sunset.

    Above is just my take, and the successors, if planned, would be built in Japan, I figure, and it's based on past reports I've seen.
     
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  3. keep the quest for sake
     
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  4. Yea these days if it doesn't get good gas millage there is no point in making it.
     
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  5. kill the titan bring that ram based truck to the hideous lineup.
     
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  6. nissans are hideous and always will be
     
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