Mississauga, Ontario – Nissan has announced a new management and operational structure for the Americas, which will consolidate its operations across North America, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The company’s Management Committee-Americas is now a streamlined group of executives making strategic decisions for the region, the automaker said in a statement. In addition, two new operations committees have been established for the area, each charged with tactical, market- and performance-focused decisions that will drive future growth in the region.

Manufacturing, purchasing, supply-chain management and logistics will be tightly allied, as their functions are similar throughout the region, but sales, marketing and support operations will be managed more locally to respond to local market needs.

“With steady improvements in quality and reliability of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles over the past years, we are now on fertile ground to grow our presence in the region,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of the newly-reconfigured Management Committee-Americas. “We are taking a holistic approach to unlock new synergies in the region and to shift the Americas to zero-emission mobility.”

Nissan will launch a battery-electric vehicle in the U.S. and Japan in 2010, and in the global mass market two years later. The company has four zero-emission partnerships in Arizona, California, Oregon and Tennessee, and has been reaching out to other potential partners through a U.S. tour with an electric test vehicle.

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