TOKYO – Once known as “Gijutsu no Nissan,” or “Technology Nissan,” Japan’s No.3 auto maker Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. played down its engineering tradition several years ago as management began reorganizing the auto maker to focus on cutting costs and restoring the tarnished brand’s image. For the nearly 20,000 researchers and engineers comprising Nissan’s vaunted research and development organization, their mandate was clear: become more customer-driven. Now back on track, Nissan again is ...

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