SEATTLE – A lot is riding on the launch of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s all-new Pathfinder, namely the reputation of the auto maker, which until recently was a quality frontrunner in the U.S. market. The new-generation ’05 Pathfinder begins volume production Aug. 30 at Nissan’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, TN. While it is slated to have Nissan’s standard 4- to 6-week quality hold, the auto maker recognizes it cannot afford problems such as those that have plagued its Canton, MS-made models. ...

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