TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan, U.S.A. — By 2002 Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. plans to deliver custom-ordered vehicles to consumers in Japan and Europe within 14 days. It expects to deliver vehicles faster to North American consumers, as well, but is less aggressive here because 90% of U.S. consumers currently buy vehicles off dealer lots. In Japan the situation is almost the reverse: 50% to 60% of the vehicles leaving the factory already are spoken for, and another 30% to 40% have potential buyers ...

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