DETROIT -- Analysts and forecasters have for months awaited a plateau and subsequent drop-off for the North American fullsize pickup segment, particularly in the face of a still-souring U.S. economy. Fullsize pickup sales have slowed, but Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., preparing for its first-ever foray into the segment in 2003, isn’t particularly worried the boil’s turned into a simmer since the company’s decision to make a fullsize pickup and build it at an all-new greenfield plant in Canton, ...

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