Mississauga, Ontario – Nissan Canada Inc. (NCI) has announced it is entering the Commercial Vehicle (CV) business through a significant investment in North America. As part of a global commitment to the segment, NCI will introduce three commercial vehicles in three years to the Canadian market, with the first launching in the first half of 2010.

Nissan has forged partnerships with Cummins for the engines, and ZF Friedrichshafen AG for the transmissions. The company’s plant in Canton, Mississippi will become the manufacturing centre for a range of new commercial vehicle products, aimed at the significant North American CV market. The company will create a multi-segment product range of vehicles below 8-tonne gross vehicle weight (GVW), resulting in the development of the three new products and future extension of the range.

“Globally, the CV business is a substantial part of Nissan’s sales and profitability, and this vast experience and knowledge will be leveraged within the Canadian market,” said Jeff Parent, vice-president of sales and marketing for NCI. “Our entry into commercial vehicles is a testament to Nissan’s vision for its Canadian operations and its commitment to addressing the needs of commercial customers in Canada.”

Nissan CVs are sold in 73 per cent of the world’s markets, including Japan, China, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East.

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