Nissan to build Suzuki pickup at Tennessee plant

SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) -- Nissan North America Incorporated will build a midsize pickup truck for Suzuki Motor Corporation at Nissan's plant southeast of Nashville starting next year.

Nissan says there are no current plans to add employees for the Suzuki line.

The companies said in statements today that the pickup will be based on Nissan's Frontier midsize pickup and will be solely marketed by Suzuki in North America.

Preparations are under way to ready the Nissan plant, in Smyrna.

In 2006, the Japanese automakers announced an agreement to expand the scope of a deal that also included Suzuki supplying Nissan Alto minicars in Japan.

Nissan's North American headquarters is in Nashville.

The news comes on the same day Suzuki officials announced plans to build a new compact hatchback in India that will be sold worldwide.

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