TOCHIGI, Japan – The module is king at Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s assembly plant here. In a unique twist for a Japanese auto maker, Nissan has invited suppliers into the 35-year-old plant, 62 miles (100 km) north of Tokyo, to assemble roof, front-end and center (instrument panel) modules. Suppliers Calsonic and Kasai Kogyo assemble modules inside Nissan’s Tochigi plant. Calsonic Kansei Corp., a core member of Nissan’s supplier group, assembles both front-end and center modules ...

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