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Username: Johnlodge

Post Number: 6041
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 8:44 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20080407/BUS INESS01/80407056/1210/BUSINESS


The Japanese automaker says it will enter the U.S. market with three vehicles starting in the first half of 2010, all built at its plant in Canton, Miss.

"We will invest more than $118 million in creating that infrastructure and on top of that we'll obviously be investing in the vehicles themselves," said Andy Palmer, Nissan's corporate vice president, at a Monday news conference in Detroit. "This allows us to expand our capabilities using the existing workforce and capitalizes on Canton's strengths."

Nissan would not say what models it would build, but the company says they could run from pickup trucks to buses. Palmer said the vehicles will be built around U.S. needs.

"The powertrains and the vehicles are coming from the United States. They're being developed in Detroit, in Farmington Hills," Palmer said. "They're being sourced from the United States, built in the United States, sold in the United States for American customers."

Palmer said Ford, GM and Dodge commercial vehicles on the market today are "not spring chickens" and that Nissan's strategy is to "serve the customer today."

Mississippi is a right-to-work state. Just throwing that out there.
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Username: Ray

Post Number: 1114
Registered: 06-2004
Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 11:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I recall reading recently that Alabama has added 40,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in the last 5 years.

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Username: 56packman

Post Number: 2155
Registered: 12-2005
Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - 8:18 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

If Toyota ever makes an F-150 knock off (with a 4' x 8' bed) the folks in Dearborn might as well shut off the lights and go home and auction the place off.

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