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NISSAN TO PURCHASE ALLIED-SIGNAL SPARK PLUGS

 NISSAN TO PURCHASE ALLIED-SIGNAL SPARK PLUGS
 DETROIT, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan announced today it will


import to Japan $3 million worth of Autolite advanced double-platinum spark plugs from Allied-Signal Automotive, based in Southfield, Mich.
 The spark plugs will be used in new in-line, 6-cylinder engines for new vehicles built for the Japanese domestic market beginning in the spring of 1993.
 The purchase represents the first time Nissan has bought spark plugs for Japanese-made vehicles from a non-Japanese company. It is part of Nissan's commitment to buy $3.7 billion worth of U.S. parts material and services by fiscal 1994.
 Nissan plans to import $1 million worth of spark plugs by March 31, 1993, and $2 million worth during the following 12 months. The parts will be purchased from Allied-Signal Automotive's Filter and Spark Plug Group in Fostoria, Ohio.
 The Autolite double-platinum spark plugs feature a platinum-tipped, reduced-diameter center electrode for optimum durability, thermal conductivity and lower, more stable voltage requirements.
 The decision to use Autolite spark plugs follows a "design-in" program in which Nissan engineers have worked closely with Allied-Signal Automotive since November 1990 from the initial design to the production stage. Nissan's "design-in" program brings suppliers into the development process as early as possible to maximize efficiency and reduce costs.
 As part of the "design-in" program, Nissan held a meeting with 50 U.S. suppliers in Tokyo last February to explain the company's purchasing policies and research and development processes.
 Nissan is fully committed to increase import of automotive parts under its global purchasing policies and International Cooperation Program. Current Nissan imports to Japan from U.S. suppliers include catalysts, turbochargers, tires, bearings and aluminum wheels.
 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 located across the continent.
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 /CONTACT: Shuji Kawasaki or Jim Gill of Nissan North America, Inc., 313-393-1893/
 (ALD) CO: Nissan North America, Inc.; Allied-Signal Inc.;
 Allied-Signal Automotive ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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