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sonnym
06-25-2001, 07:49 AM
Nissan may launch SUV ahead of pickup

MARK RECHTIN
Automotive News

MONTEREY, Calif.-- Nissan is considering leading its onslaught of big trucks in 2003 with a
sport-utility instead of a pickup, according to the automaker's top U.S. product planner.

Nissan's new Mississippi factory will begin building trucks in June 2003, but production-ready
vehicles for the 2004 model year will not roll off the line until August 2003.

If the market and profit projections are stronger for sport-utilities than pickups, the sport-utility
may start production and reach market first, said Jack Collins, Nissan North America vice
president of product planning and marketing.

Regardless of which vehicle comes first, the Nissan pickup and sport-utility will launch within
several months of each other. An Infiniti sport-utility will come later in the year, said Larry
Dominique, Nissan North America chief product specialist for trucks and SUVs.

What's more, Nissan is still studying whether to even offer a six-cylinder engine for its trucks,
given that it has sworn its entries will be "credible," Dominique said

For its V-8 offering, Nissan will follow Toyota's recipe of using its four-cam luxury-car engine as
the basis for its truck line. Although Nissan's 4.5-liter V-8 generates an impressive 340 hp and
333 pounds-feet of torque for the Infiniti Q45, it will be reconfigured to generate more low-end
power, Dominique said.

Even though the full-sized vehicle launches are a couple of years out, the design freeze for the
Nissan full-sized pickup and sport-utility derivative is next month, while the Infiniti sport-utility
design freeze is August, Dominique said at the press introduction for the 2002 Nissan product
line here.

Nissan's compact pickup lineup has seen its share of the truck market slide from 3.6 percent to
3.2 percent year-to-date through May.

Dominique said that after those launches, Nissan will introduce the next-generation Frontier
pickup, Crew Cab and Xterra from its Tennessee plant.

**DONOTDELETE**
06-26-2001, 10:15 PM
i sure hope nissan doesn't go nuts with the styling. i think they need to keep it somewhat conservative while still being decent looking of course (unlike the debut of the original frontier). nissan needs to keep it in line with the domestics. nothing over the top style wise and must be competitive in size and power

**DONOTDELETE**
06-29-2001, 01:41 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial[/img]quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by nsuguy:
i sure hope nissan doesn't go nuts with the styling. i think they need to keep it somewhat conservative while still being decent looking of course (unlike the debut of the original frontier). nissan needs to keep it in line with the domestics. nothing over the top style wise and must be competitive in size and power<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


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