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Nissan releases restyled Presage minivan in Japan.

TOKYO, May 29 Kyodo

Nissan Motor Co. put the remodeled Presage minivan on the Japanese market Monday, hoping to stimulate sluggish domestic sales.

The new Presage, which is available with a 2.5- or 3.5-liter engine, features design changes that give it a more sophisticated and dynamic appearance, Nissan said.

Offering the vehicle in a price range from 2,404,500 yen to 3,024,000 yen, the automaker hopes to sell 1,800 units per month.

As Nissan will introduce only a small number of new vehicles this year, the model changeover of the Presage is aimed at creating ''a great deal of energy'' to stimulate stagnant domestic sales, Nissan Chief Operating Officer Toshiyuki Shiga said at a press gathering for the release of the new Presage.

Referring to growing demand for minivehicles amid rising gasoline prices, Shiga said Nissan will expand its lineup of such vehicles, although it will continue to stay away from production on its own.

Nissan currently sells three minivehicle models, such as the Moco, supplied by Suzuki Motor Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. under its brand.
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Date:May 30, 2006
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