SMYRNA, Tennessee, U.S.A. — Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. announces it will move production of its next-generation Maxima sedan to the Nissan North America assembly plant here in January 2003. The announcement makes official speculation that the ’04 Maxima will be based on the same platform as the Smyrna-built ’02 Altima. The current-generation Maxima is built at Nissan’s Oppama plant in Japan. The move is part of the Japanese automaker’s overall strategy to build vehicles closer to their ...

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