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February 6, 2013

NISSAN ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLAN FOR
R&D, TECHNICAL CENTER IN ASEAN

BANGKOK, Thailand (Feb. 6, 2013) - Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. today announced plans to expand Nissan Technical Center South East Asia (NTCSEA), its regional research and development function, to accelerate Nissan's R&D activities in the ASEAN region. A broadened scope of responsibility, the addition of new facilities and an increase of staff will significantly contribute to better addressing the needs of customers in the region. This will also allow for quicker alignment with market requirements, leading to the continued development of innovative and competitive Nissan products.

The expansion of NTCSEA is an important step in solidifying the foundation for Nissan's growth objectives outlined in its mid-term business plan. The details of the expansion include:

  • By 2015, for models marketed in the region, NTCSEA will be responsible for all research and development processes following the vehicle engineering design stage currently handled by the global R&D function in Japan. This expansion allows NTCSEA to better reflect the specific preferences of customers in the ASEAN region.
  • With a total investment of 3.4 billion yen, by mid-2014, NTCSEA will add a test course, several testing facilities including chassis and engine dynamometers, and a new management office.
  • As previously announced, between 2010 and 2016, the workforce will more than triple to 370, including an increase at NTCSEA's Indonesian branch. NTCSEA currently employs 219 staff.

“Strengthening the regional R&D function will enhance product attractiveness, competitiveness and quality," said Nissan Executive Vice President Mitsuhiko Yamashita. “As Nissan's footprint continues to expand in the region, it is even more important to strengthen our local R&D capabilities to better serve the growing customer base."

NTCSEA's responsibility covers ten countries and six production sites across the ASEAN region.

About Nissan
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen ($118.95 billion U.S.).

With a strong commitment to developing exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious 2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

About Nissan Technical Center South East Asia
Nissan Technical Center South East Asia (NTCSEA) is the R&D function under Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. in Thailand. It is located at Bangna –trad KM 22 Samutprakarn, next to Nissan Motor Thailand's manufacturing plants. Nissan Technical Center South East Asia - Indonesia, owned by Nissan Motor Indonesia Co, Ltd, is NTCSEA's branch in Indonesia.

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