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NISSAN'S NEW 4WD OFF-ROAD VEHICLE IN EUROPE - TERRANO II

 TOKYO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Once again Nissan and Ford (NYSE: F) have joined forces to bring consumers an exciting product in a fast- growing market segment. This time the market is Europe. This time the vehicle is an exhilarating new entrant in the sport utility market, the Nissan Terrano II, receiving its name in an announcement made in Europe.
 Like the Nissan Quest minivan in North America, the Terrano II sport utility and the Ford version take advantage of Nissan's product development and engineering strengths, plus Nissan's manufacturing capabilities in Europe. Like the Quest in North America, the new Terrano II was designed specifically for the tastes of local consumers, this time by Nissan European Technology Center (NETC), located outside London. The North American counterpart of NETC, Nissan Research and Development, designed and developed the Nissan Quest and Mercury Villager minivans for North America consumers. The Terrano II will be built by Nissan at its newly expanded Barcelona, Spain, assembly plant.
 This new range of vehicles will be jointly marketed by Nissan and Ford throughout Europe and will be available in two variants: short wheelbase (98 inches) 3-door and long wheelbase (106 inches) 5-door models. These will be powered by a choice of either Nissan's 2.7-liter turbo-diesel or Nissan's 2.4-liter gasoline engines. Target market for the new vehicle will be college-educated married couples in their late 30s or 40s.
 The Terrano II is designed to complement the more rugged patrol, which is aimed at consumers planning more off-road driving.
 The SUV market in Europe is a fast-growing segment, just as it is in North America. Consumers recognize the vehicles' utility, toughness and off-road capabilities wrapped up in an attractive package as much at home at the opera house as at the country house.
 While Nissan is an international company, it employs an approach to vehicle design and development that seeks to create products that exceed the needs and desires of local markets. Additionally, Nissan goes beyond expectations by contributing to the major markets where it sells products, by designing, engineering and producing those products locally. The U.S.-built Nissan Quest minivan and Altima sedan are the latest results of that philosophy in North America and now the Terrano II joins them. And, as is the case with the Quest and Terrano II, when mutually beneficial, Nissan works with other automakers like Ford. In this way, Nissan takes a leadership role in contributing to the auto industries and economies of its major markets.
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 /CONTACT: S. Kawasaki or J. Gill of Nissan, 313-393-1893/
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CO: Nissan; Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: JVN

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