Mercedes-Benz A-Class W176
Welcome to the future - where your Mercedes-Benz is a Nissan and your Nissan is a Mercedes-Benz.
The Infiniti Q30 was a compact luxury car introduced by Nissan's luxury brand in 2015. It was based on the Mercedes-Benz A-Class platform and was manufactured at the Sunderland plant in the UK. While the Infiniti Q30 was praised for its design and performance, it also had a significant problem that was related to its partnership with Mercedes-Benz.
The issue was related to the Q30's transmission, which was supplied by Mercedes-Benz. The transmission, known as the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, was prone to malfunction, leading to stalling and gear shifting problems. The problem was so severe that many Infiniti Q30 owners reported the issue to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the United States.
The issue with the transmission was particularly concerning because it could result in loss of power while driving, which could cause accidents. The problem was so severe that Infiniti issued a recall for approximately 17,500 Q30s in the US to replace the faulty transmission.
The recall was not only expensive for Infiniti but also damaging to its reputation. It had to issue apologies to affected customers and work to regain their trust. The problem also highlighted the challenges that arise when automakers collaborate and share components, particularly when they are from different countries.
The Infiniti Q30 was not the only car that experienced transmission problems related to the Mercedes-Benz collaboration. The Mercedes-Benz A-Class, on which the Q30 was based, also experienced similar transmission problems.
The problem with the Q30's transmission was a reminder of the importance of quality control in the automotive industry. While collaborations and partnerships can bring significant benefits, automakers must ensure that the components they source from their partners are reliable and meet their quality standards.
In conclusion, the Infiniti Q30 was a stylish and high-performing car, but it also experienced significant problems related to its transmission, which was supplied by Mercedes-Benz. The issue resulted in a recall and damage to Infiniti's reputation, highlighting the importance of quality control in the automotive industry.
However, there were reports that Infiniti and Mercedes had disagreements over the quality of the transmission and the responsibility for the issue.
According to some sources, Infiniti blamed Mercedes for the faulty transmission and sought compensation for the damages caused by the issue. However, Mercedes denied responsibility and claimed that Infiniti had approved the design of the transmission before it was used in the Q30.
Despite these disagreements, Infiniti and Mercedes eventually agreed to work together to resolve the issue and issued a recall to replace the faulty transmissions in affected vehicles.
It is worth noting that collaborations between automakers can sometimes lead to disagreements over responsibility and compensation for issues that arise. However, it is crucial for both parties to work together to resolve any problems and ensure that their customers receive the best quality products.
Lost already? Let me catch you up. Infiniti is the premium arm of Nissan, in much the same way Lexus is the premium arm of Toyota, and the Q30 is Infiniti’s hatchback.
Thanks to the state of various global manufacturing alliances the Q30 is mechanically, largely a previous-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class, with a similar arrangement seeing the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute comprised largely of Nissan Navara underpinnings.
Recently, the Q30 has had its range of variants trimmed from a confusing five down to two, and the one we’re testing here is the top-spec Sport.
Make sense? I hope so. The Q30 Sport joined me on an 800km trip along the east coast in the height of summer. So, can it make the most of its German/Japanese roots? Read on to find out.
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