Nissan - 1999, 2000 and Beyond        

8 January 2000

Nissan North America Drives into 2000 with Exciting New Products, Bold Global 
Revival Plan, Strong Sense of Momentum

     CARSON, Calif. -- Calendar year 1999 has been filled
with changes for Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), including the launch of a
series of exciting new products, increased sales with dramatically lower
incentives, parent company Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.'s strategic partnership with 
Renault and the announcement of the Global Revival Plan.
    

    Product Debuts

    Now, Nissan looks to continue its revival into the year 2000 by launching
new, improved and class leading products, beginning next week at the North
American International Auto Show.  Scheduled debuts include:

    -- Infiniti Division:  Monday, January 10, 2000 at 3:10 p.m. - Infiniti
Exhibit, Cobo Hall

     - Infiniti will debut its first-ever concept vehicle, the XVL (Photo
       available)
     - The division also will launch a redesigned QX4 with a best-in-class V6
       engine

    --- Nissan Division:  Tuesday, January 11, 2000 at 1:40 p.m. - Nissan
Exhibit, Cobo Hall

     - An all-new Sentra.  One version called the Sentra CA, for "Clean Air,"
       will hold the honor of being the cleanest gasoline-powered car in
       the world (Photo available)
     - Reengineered Pathfinder with a significant boost in horsepower.  In
       fact the most powerful V6 in its class.

    1999 Calendar Year Sales
    Nissan North America sales ended the year with a bang.  NNA sales for
calendar year 1999, including Nissan and Infiniti Divisions, totaled 677,212
units, a 9.0 percent increase versus the previous year.  Combined, December
sales for the divisions were 60,915 units, a 7.6 percent increase versus the
previous year.  Divisional highlights include:

    -- Infiniti Division:

     - Infiniti celebrates its 10th anniversary with its best year ever with
       sales of 72,637, up   14.1 percent

     - Infiniti division also ended the year with its best ever sales month
       with 7,801 units

     - The all-new 2000 I30 mid-luxury sedan continued with strong sales of
       31,042 units, an 17.8 percent increase vs. CY98.  In fact, it was
       Infiniti's best launch in its ten-year history.

     - QX4 ended the year with its best month ever (December 1999) with 3,229
       monthly sales

    -- Nissan Division:

     - Total sales up 8.4% with 604,575 units

     - Nissan Maxima had it's best year ever, with sales of 131,182 units, and
       its 3.0 liter VQ engine was named as one of Ward's Auto World
       magazine's "Ten Best Engines" for the sixth year in a row.

     - Nissan truck sales were up nearly 14% versus CY98 fueled by the popular
       Crew Cab and new Xterra which captured Motor Trend magazine's "2000
       Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year."  Xterra also was named by the AAA
       New Car & Truck Buying Guide as one of the "Top Cars for 2000."

     - Altima reported sales of 153,525, a 6.3% increase.  Altima also
       received significant handling improvements and NVH refinements for the
       2000MY.

    -- Revival Plan
    On October 18, 1999, during a press conference at the Tokyo Motor Show,
NML announced a revival plan designed to achieve lasting and profitable growth
for Nissan worldwide.  The announcement came seven months after the corporate
partnership agreement between Nissan and Renault, which was formed to promote
joint strategies and create synergies in the areas of product planning,
design, manufacturing, engineering, purchasing and distribution.  The
partnership created the fourth largest auto manufacturing group in the world
with a 9.1 percent share of the global market.

    The first goal of the plan is to return Nissan to profitability by fiscal
year 2000.  Additionally, the revival plan combines initiatives to grow
Nissan's business and market presence and reduce costs by
$9.5 billion and net debt from $13.5 billion to less than $6.7 billion by
fiscal year 2002.

    The plan for a new Nissan builds on the success already achieved in North
America and focuses on three areas:  cost cutting, product development and
sales growth.  An integral part of reducing costs will come from how Nissan
works with its suppliers.  Nissan purchasing and engineering will work more
closely with suppliers, sharing worldwide efficiencies and performance in
technology, quality, cost and delivery.

    To support the Global Revival Plan, Nissan North America has already made
progress in achieving the goals set out by NML's new COO, Carlos Ghosn.
Effective April 1, 2000, Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation USA (NMMC),
located in Smyrna, Tennessee, will be merged into the NNA organization.  In
addition, NNA will consolidate and streamline back office functions in the
area of Human Resources, Legal and Finance with Nissan Motor Acceptance
Corporation (NMAC), Nissan's captive financing company, effective January 1,
2000.

    Nissan's regional offices will be streamlined from eight locations to six
locations with the merger of its Infiniti East operations into its Nissan
Northeast offices, and the relocation of its Nissan Southwest operations to
the National headquarters.  The number of regions in terms of retailer support
functions will remain at 10, seven Nissan and three Infiniti respectively.


    Bold New Product Lineup

    Nissan Division:  On the product front, Nissan introduced four new
vehicles in 1999, including the rugged Xterra SUV, 4-door Frontier Crew Cab
pickup, redesigned Maxima and face-lifted Altima.

    The all-new Xterra led the way by returning to the soul of sport utility
vehicles -- an SUV that has everything you need and nothing you don't.  It
functions like a backpack for outdoor enthusiasts, offering amenities such as
a roof rack, interior bike rack, ceiling tie-down clips, floor hooks, water
resistant seat covers and attachments for skis, snowboards and kayaks.

    Nissan also introduced the first compact pickup truck with four real doors
when it unveiled the Frontier Crew Cab.  Along with its five-passenger seating
capacity and 3.3-liter V6 engine, the Crew Cab set a new standard for compact
pickup truck utility and convenience.

    Not only did Nissan's truck lineup receive a makeover, so did its sedans.
The flagship 2000 Maxima received improvements under the hood as well as an
all-new design inside and out.  It combines performance and luxury with its
more powerful V6 engine, which produces 222 horsepower and 217 ft-lbs of
torque, complemented with a more luxurious and spacious interior.

    The Altima received extensive enhancements, including improved handling,
convenience, performance and styling.  Its 2.4-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine
produces 155 horsepower and 156 ft-lbs of torque while the interior underwent
more than 20 improvements designed to reduce noise, vibration and harshness
(NVH).

    In 2000, Nissan introduces the all-new 2000 Sentra and 2001 Pathfinder in
early spring, followed later in the year by a revised 2001 model Frontier
pickup.

    The 2000 Sentra will be available with a new 1.8-liter DOHC 126-horsepower
4-cylinder engine or a retuned 2.0-liter DOHC 145-horsepower 4-cylinder
engine.  A limited production Sentra CA (Clean Air) also will be available to
consumers in California.  The Sentra CA is the only gasoline-fueled vehicle to
receive California Air Resources Board (CARB) super ultra low emission vehicle
standards (SULEV) certification and obtain zero emission credits.

    The 2001 Pathfinder receives an all-new engine based on the Nissan VQ
series currently used in the Maxima.  Its class-leading 3.5-liter DOHC 24-
valve V6 engine produces 250 horsepower and 240 ft-lbs of torque with the 5-
speed manual transmission and 240 horsepower and 265 ft-lbs of torque for the
4-speed automatic transmission equipped models.

    Infiniti Division:  This past November, Infiniti, the luxury division of
Nissan North America, Inc., celebrated its 10th Anniversary as one of the
premier luxury nameplates.  In its first decade, Infiniti introduced one
award-winning vehicle after another, tripled the size of its retail network
and grew sales year after year.  In September 1999, the second-generation 2000
Infiniti I30 luxury sedan made its debut.  The all-new I30 is complete with
more room, more luxury and more performance and was a major contributor to
Infiniti's successful sales year.

    The 2000 I30 is powered by a 3.0-liter DOHC V6 engine producing
227-horsepower and 217 ft-lbs of torque.  The I30 is offered in two
models -- the I30 and I30t -- and comes with all the refinement and amenities
expected in a luxury car.  The I30t adds performance features such as a
viscous limited-slip differential, 17-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned
suspension and Xenon headlights.

    The 2000 G20 also played a key role in Infiniti's success with a number of
refinements and improvements to the 2000 model year.  With the addition of
five more horsepower to its 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (now 145-horsepower),
the G20 offers standard amenities such as "low fatigue" front bucket seats,
power windows with driver-side one-touch auto-up/down/safety reverse feature,
60/40 split-folding rear seat and a Bose 100-watt, 6-speaker AM/FM/cassette
and in-dash CD player.

    To help celebrate its 10th Anniversary, Infiniti will debut a special
Anniversary Edition Q45 sedan at the Los Angeles International Auto Show this
week.  The Anniversary Edition Q45 offers all of the performance, luxury and
features of the 2000 Q45t, as well as commemorative "Anniversary Edition"
marking on the trunk badging, ignition key, front seat embossing and floor
mats.

    With ten years behind it, Infiniti is already looking ahead to its next
ten years by introducing a more powerful 2001 QX4 luxury sport utility vehicle
and the XVL -- the first concept sedan ever shown by the luxury division.

    The QX4, which also will debut at the 2000 Los Angeles International Auto
Show, receives an all-new 3.5-liter V6 engine and redesigned interior with
added luxury and amenities.  It is also available for the first time in both
2-wheel drive and with the All-Mode 4-wheel drive system.  The QX4's 3.5-liter
DOHC V6 engine now produces 240-horsepower (an increase of 70 horsepower
versus last year) and 263 ft-lbs of torque.   On the inside, Infiniti's
trademark analog clock has been added to the dash along with a new instrument
panel design with electro-fluorescent instrument lighting, a Bose(R) audio
system with in-dash 6-disc CD changer audio system, and optional navigation
system.

    Since its inception, Infiniti has aimed to make every customer contact
completely satisfying throughout The Total Ownership Experience (TOE), a
philosophy that has fostered a unique relationship between retailers and
purchasers of new and pre-owned Infiniti vehicles.  TOE offers an enhanced
level of retailer personnel training, sales certification programs and
communications, and a continuing refinement of Infiniti's exceptional level of
pre-owned vehicle support.


    Nissan in North America

    In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling,
engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing,
distribution and manufacturing.  

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