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NISSAN ANNOUNCES 'SUN FAVOR' SOLAR CAR

 NISSAN ANNOUNCES 'SUN FAVOR' SOLAR CAR
 BOSTON, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan today unveiled in Tokyo a new


solar-powered car to study efficient use of solar energy and to compete in racing events. The announcement came at the close of the American Tour de Sol race here.
 The "Sun Favor" was displayed in Tokyo and is the latest in a series of solar-powered cars developed during the last few years with Nissan involvement.
 Nissan believes that developing, evaluating and implementing solar technologies, where appropriate, is the mark of a responsible automaker.
 In the United States, Nissan is supporting a solar car developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology monetarily and through engineering advice. That car, the AZTEC, was designed by MIT student engineers. It will participate in this summer's solar racing circuit.
 The "Sun Favor" will participate in three solar car races and rallies later this year in Japan. It also will be entered in other rallies and exhibited at various fairs.
 The purpose of the car is to discover ways to maximize use of solar energy, and to minimize air, tire and brake drag resistance.
 Nissan has collaborated on other solar-powered cars.
 The "Phoebus III" was developed with Hokusan Co. Ltd. The "Phoebus III" placed fourth in the 1990 World Solar Car Challenge race in Australia.
 The "Sun Favor" has two front wheels and one rear wheel. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel by chain drive. The vehicle uses single crystal silicon solar cells.
 Development of the "Sun Favor" was completed earlier this week.
 In North America, Nissan's operations include styling, engineering, manufacturing, sales, consumer and corporate finance, and industrial and textile equipment. Nissan employs nearly 10,000 people in the United States and Canada and generates an additional 55,000 jobs through its 1,400 Nissan and Infiniti dealerships.
 'SUN FAVOR' SPECIFICATIONS
 Length 5,960 mm (232.4 inches)
 Width 2,000 mm (78.0 inches)
 Height 1,050 mm (50.0 inches)
 Maximum speed Over 120 kph (75 mph)
 Tire layout 2 front/1 rear
 Passengers 1
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 /NOTE: A drawing of the "Sun Favor" is available through CONTACT: Jim Gill or Fred Standish of Nissan, 313-393-1893/ CO: Nissan North America, Inc.; Massachusetts Institute of Technology ST: Michigan, Massachusetts IN: AUT SU:


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