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Nissan may shift 2 lines out of US

TOKYO -- Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. plans to move production of two vehicles to Japan from the United States as a way to save costs on automobiles produced in smaller quantities, according to a news report yesterday.

Nissan will move production of the Quest minivan and the Infiniti QX56 sports utility vehicle to two factories in Japan from the company's plant in Canton, Miss., during 2008-2009, Japan's Nihon Keizai business daily said. The paper did not identify its sources.

Nissan said it sold about 40,000 Quests and 15,000 QX56s in North America in 2005.

The unused manufacturing capacity at the Mississippi plant would be shifted to increased production of pickup trucks, leaving total plant output unchanged, the Nihon Keizai said.

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