Nissan has announce they will create a new engineering division to develop diesel engines for light duty trucks. The new diesel trucks will compete with diesel versions of Detroit 3 pickups, and the expected diesel-powered Toyota Tundra.

Nissan Motor Light Trucks Co., held 85 percent by Nissan and the rest by Volvo AB unit Nissan Diesel Motor Co., hopes to speed up product development with the 111 engineers in the new division as it aims to join General Motors Corp. and Ford Motor Co. at the top of the global LCV market.

Nissan’s LCV business unit expanded sales by 23 percent to 492,000 vehicles in the business year that ended in March and is one of the key pillars of Nissan’s growth strategy.

Source: Automotive News

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