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Nissan shifts Fairlady Z production to its Tochigi plant

Fairlady Z (350Z) and the Fairlady Z Roadster (350Z Roadster) from its Oppama Plant to its Tochigi Plant
2002 Nissan Fairlady Z Version S

TOKYO – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., today announced it will transfer production of the Fairlady Z (350Z) and the Fairlady Z Roadster (350Z Roadster) from its Oppama Plant to its Tochigi Plant. The Tochigi Plant is scheduled to begin production of the models in January 2004. The current Fairlady Z has been on sale since the summer of 2002, and sales of the new Fairlady Z Roadster launched on October 1, 2003.

Production at the Oppama Plant is centered on strong-selling compact models such as the March (Micra), the Cube and the Cube Cubic. The Fairlady Z is currently produced on the same line as the March. To increase production efficiency, Nissan has decided to transfer production of the Fairlady Z to the Tochigi Plant, where models such as the Skyline (Infiniti G35) are produced using the same platform as the Fairlady Z.

The transfer of Fairlady Z production to the Tochigi Plant should spread production more evenly among Nissan's plants, allowing the company to increase its overall production efficiency. Characteristics and roles of each plant will be further defined as well:  The Oppama Plant will be focused on producing high-volume compact models such as the March and the Cube.  Tochigi Plant production will center on large, rear-wheel-drive models such as luxury cars and high-performance cars.

This production transfer will also use the flexible production system based on the Nissan Integrated Manufacturing System (NIMS), which Nissan is incorporating worldwide. Keeping the necessary investment to a minimum, NIMS allows the transfer to be completed in a short period of time. Nissan will continue to emphasize flexible systems that allow the company to provide high-quality cars that meet customers' needs and to adapt to changes in the market environment.