(Photo Credit: Polestar)
The dealership has plans to start selling premium Swedish brand, Polestar, in Singapore, while phasing out current Japanese luxury brand Infiniti.
Wearnes Automotive is one of Singapore’s largest luxury car distributors, with multiple high-profile brands including Bugatti, Bentley, Aston Martin, Jaguar and Land Rover. It plans to bring in Polestar, a premium Swedish electric vehicle (EV) automobile manufacturer.
On the other hand, Japanese luxury brand Infiniti, one of the brands under Wearnes, will cease new car sales by the end of 2021.
Motorist has obtained this information from CarBuyer. Even though Wearnes has not officially disclosed anything regarding this arrangement, an official announcement is expected soon.
EV push with Polestar
(Photo Credit: Polestar)
Polestar is a Swedish automotive brand established in 1996. It formed a close partnership with Volvo, and the Polestar name became associated with performance-oriented Volvo models.
The brand was officially acquired by Volvo in 2015 and has gone on to produce two models - the plug-in hybrid Polestar 1 in 2017, and the fully electric Polestar 2 in 2019. It aims to produce high-end electric performance cars under its own name and badge.
Therefore, it is a natural fit for Wearnes Automotive to start bringing in the Polestar brand, noting that it is currently the dealer for Volvo in Singapore. The push for EVs in Singapore may also be a supporting factor.
Infiniti, doomed from the start
(Photo Credit: Infiniti)
Initiated in 2019, internal rationalisation plans saw Infiniti halt production of right-hand drive (RHD) models due to low global demand. In turn, it was bad news for Wearnes Automotive as it now has a limited supply of new cars to sell.
Data from the Land Transport Authority shows that in 2020, only 101 Infiniti cars were registered in Singapore, a 38 per cent drop from 2019. This number has continued to dip for the fourth consecutive year since Infiniti’s peak of 328 registered vehicles in 2016.
Originally brought in more than 20 years ago, the marque returned to our shores in 2011 with Wearnes Automotive. However, fierce competition from rival luxury brands such as Lexus, Mercedes and BMW meant that it only managed to sell 1,543 cars up to the end of 2020.
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