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Old 09-18-2009, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Nissan will ship V8s to Japan for U.S. vehicles Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/a

Nissan Motor Co. plans to export U.S.-made V8 engines and engine parts to Japan to install in Infiniti SUVs that will be shipped back to U.S. dealerships.

The automaker determined that the round-trip export-import was quicker and more cost-efficient than tooling up an engine plant in Japan for the SUVs, the company said Thursday in a released statement.

It is the first time Nissan has exported engines from the United States to its automaking operations in Japan.
The 5.6-liter V8s will go into the full-sized Infiniti QX56, which has been produced in Canton, Miss., until now. But Nissan is moving the low-volume luxury SUV to an assembly plant at Shatai Kyushu, Japan. Ben Poore, vice president of the Infiniti business unit for Nissan North America, says QX56 inventories have been too low for Infiniti dealers this summer, and he has asked the company to increase production of the model.

The model sold 7,657 units in 2008, down from 12,288 in 2007.

Nissan already was producing the V8 at its engine plant in Decherd, Tenn.

Nissan also will export V8 engine blocks, heads and crankshafts from Decherd to its Yokohama plant where they will be used for the Japan-built Patrol SUV. The full-sized Patrol sells in markets around the world.
The engine-sourcing plan is something of a reversal of Nissan's North American manufacturing pattern for the past two decades.

Since the 1990s, Nissan has relocated SUV assembly from Japan to the United States, where SUV sales were strongest. It took Nissan longer to shift engine production from Japan to the United States.

But now that the SUV sales have softened in the United States, Nissan has evolved to a slightly different strategy. The company is converting a large part of its light-truck assembly capacity in Mississippi to build light commercial vehicles. Nissan wants to establish its Light Commercial Vehicle operations in the United States beginning next year, starting with a compact commercial van that is similar to Ford Motor Co.'s recently introduced Transit Connect.

As part of that plan, Nissan also is relocating its next-generation Quest minivan from the Mississippi plant to a Japanese assembly plan.
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Old 09-19-2009, 04:55 PM   #2
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They should stop production altogether... those things must be the biggest vehicle on the road now that Excursions are history. I saw one perform an Austin Powers style k-turn just to get into a normal sized parking spot.
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