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 AVON LAKE, Ohio, April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The first Nissan Quest mini van rolled off a Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) assembly line here today. The 3.0-liter V-6, front-wheel-drive mini van is the successful result of Nissan's first joint program in North America with a U.S. automaker.
 "The Quest demonstrates what can be accomplished on behalf of consumers when two great companies -- Nissan and Ford -- pool their resources in a mutually beneficial endeavor," said Haruo Ohno, president of Nissan North America, Inc. "Designed, developed and built in North America, specifically for the North American market, the Quest is a sign of a future trend you will see from Nissan as we continue to strengthen our commitment to tailoring vehicles to American and Canadian lifestyles." The Quest is a result of a product-sharing arrangement between Nissan and Ford Motor Company. The two joined together in a joint program, each company providing certain levels of expertise aimed at filling a gap in their product lines.
 A 1993 model, the Quest was conceived by Nissan in response to changes in the mini van market. This next-generation vehicle is highly functional with car-like handling and comfort features.
 Taking the idea of serving customers' needs one step further, Nissan chose to locate engineering operations for the Quest and into the future in North America, fulfilling a pledge to contribute to its major markets by designing and developing vehicles there. As a result, sourcing for most of the parts comes from North American suppliers. The Quest will have at least 75 percent local content at start-up, increasing to nearly 90 percent in the near future.
 This brings Nissan closer to fulfilling another pledge: increasing parts purchased from North American suppliers to $3.7 billion by the close of fiscal year 1994, ending March 31, 1995. More than 200 North American suppliers, including TRW, Goodyear, and Monroe, made the parts purchased for the Quest. This includes 140 of whom are new to Nissan.
 The Quest was designed by Nissan Design International in La Jolla, Calif. Engineering and vehicle development were completed by Nissan Research and Development in Farmington Hills, Mich. Major stampings and engines will be provided by Nissan Motor Manufacturing in Smyrna, Tenn., as a part of a $490 million plant expansion project that added approximately 260 new jobs as a result of the Quest project. The vehicle is being assembled by Ford. The Quest will arrive at U.S. dealerships in mid-July 1992, and will debut in Canada by late summer.
 Nissan and Ford are also working together in partnership in Europe to develop an off-road vehicle to be built in Spain.
 In North America, Nissan's operations include styling, engineering, manufacturing, sales, consumer and corporate finance, and industrial equipment and textiles. 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 located across the continent.
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 CONTACT: Shuji Kawasaki or Jim Gill of Nissan North America, Inc., 313-393-1893/
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