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Nissan Moving Ahead With Full-Size Pickup Plans

May also combine small truck platforms.

by on Feb.02, 2011

Nissan will develop the Titan replacement in-house.

Key work remains to be completed on Nissan’s new full-size pickup truck, Larry Dominque, head of product planning for Nissan operations in the Americas, said this week, but it is a work in progress with a high priority at Nissan design center in San Diego.  While powertrain and other engineering issues have yet to be resolved, the interior and exterior design work is now locked into place.

The new model will replace the sluggish-selling Titan, which Dominque acknowledged has never quite lived up to Nissan’s expectations.  But it still fills an important role for the Japanese maker, which continues to position itself as a full-range vehicle provider.

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“Our dealers love the truck,” said Dominque, who also confirmed the next generation Titan will be a “body-on-frame” vehicle, even though some had speculated the maker would go to a crossover-style unibody design, similar to Honda’s approach with the smaller Ridgeline.

Much of the basic engineering for the truck will be handled at the Nissan Technical Center, outside Detroit, where the staff has extensive experience working on body-on-frame vehicles – including the NV commercial vehicle Nissan will launch this spring.