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January 22, 2019

From Thailand to the World: Nissan Just Exported Its One Millionth 'Made in Thailand' Vehicle

Nissan recently celebrated a significant milestone for its manufacturing operations in Thailand when it reached one million car exports to key destinations worldwide.  The Nissan Terra, the all-new frame-based premium SUV, was the one-millionth vehicle to roll off a Thai assembly line for export globally.

Nissan has been exporting high quality vehicles manufactured in Thailand since 1999, with the Nissan Frontier the very first model exported, to Australia. Since then, Nissan's Thai manufacturing operations have grown to become a key manufacturing hub for Nissan in the Asia and Oceania region, producing high quality vehicles that have been driven by customers across the globe.

The Philippines, Australia, and Japan were the top three export destinations by volume for Nissan in Thailand in 2018, followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, Vietnam, New Zealand, Dubai, and Oman.

Since 1999, Nissan has significantly expanded vehicle exports from Thailand which to over 115 countries to date. This currently includes six models: the Nissan Almera, March, Navara, Sylphy, Teana, and Terra. Nissan is working with some 250 companies in the automotive supply chain that employ approximately 170,000 people (directly, Nissan employs 5,000 employees at its manufacturing plant). In 2018, Nissan in Thailand ranked fifth among automotive companies in terms of total Thai vehicle export volume, a 19 percent increase over 2017.

Nissan started production in Thailand in 1960. Since Nissan moved its manufacturing base to Samut Prakan in 1975 to meet the growing demand for Nissan cars in Thailand, the company has continued to invest in manufacturing facilities through modernization programs and technological upgrades.

In 2014, Nissan opened a second plant at Bangna-Trad KM. 22, which is the base for local and global export production of the Nissan Navara and a recognized global Center of Excellence (COE) for that pickup. In April 2015, Nissan opened its regional R&D Test Center, located next to the Samut Prakan plants.

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