DETROIT-- Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. says it is leading the pack in embracing modularization, starting with its Smyrna, TN-built, new-for-’02 Altima midsize sedan, says Shigeo Ishida, president of Nissan Technical Center North America. Use of modules for the Altima’s cockpit, front end and door, has effected a 5% cost saving and reduced assembly time by 10% over the previous generation. Besides cost savings, Ishida says modularization boosts quality by creating more checkpoints. It has ...

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