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Nissan Offers New Frontier 'Open Sky' Model
Also Adds Supercharged Value Edition (SVE)

Nissan Open Sky FrontierCHICAGO - February 5, 2001 - Building on its innovation of truck design, Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today displayed the industry's first-ever power-operated retractable top in a compact truck - the new Frontier Open Sky - which goes on sale at Nissan dealers this fall as a 2003 model.

Shown today for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show, the Frontier Open Sky is designed for individuals who enjoy the outdoors and the open-air feeling of a convertible. This new Frontier model was designed after extensive consumer research indicated many off-road enthusiasts and adventure-seeking individualists desire a better connection with their recreational environment.

The power-operated top retracts with the touch of a button to expose the cab to natural air and light and bring the outdoors inside. The top can open as wide or as little as desired. Completely retracted, the roof opening covers nearly five square feet. To ensure that Frontier's active owners have maximum utility, all Frontier Open Sky models are equipped with the popular tubular-style roof rack.

Nissan Open Sky Frontier"When it comes to fun and utility in a truck, the Frontier is the obvious choice," said Bill Kirrane, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "With the longest available bed of any compact crew cab, the most powerful V6 with supercharger in its class and now the first power-operated retractable top in a compact truck, the Frontier gives outdoor enthusiasts even more of what they need and want in a vehicle."

Additional improvements to the 2003 model year Frontier include the availability of Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and Tire Pressure Monitor, another first in the compact truck segment. Assisting performance in emergency maneuvers, VDC helps vehicle stability and control, even on a slippery road surface. Frontier's VDC system works by affecting the amount of engine power or applying individual brake pressure for each wheel as needed to assist vehicle control.

The 2003 Model Year Frontier will be available this fall.


Frontier Adds Value with 2002 Supercharged Value Edition (SVE)

Nissan Open Sky FrontierNissan also announced the availability of a new Frontier Supercharged Value Edition, which will go on sale in April 2002. The Supercharged Value Edition offers consumers best-in-class V6 horsepower from the 3.3-liter Supercharged engine at a dramatically reduced price. This well-equipped Frontier edition (available in 4x4 King Cab and 4x4 Crew Cab) offers a unique combination of power, features and price that compares very favorably against leading competitors, such as Ranger and Tacoma.

The 2002 Frontier 4x4 King Cab Supercharged Value Edition has an MSRP of $22,389, while the 2002 Crew Cab variant is priced at an MSRP of $24,379 and $24,929 for the class leading Long Bed model.

The Frontier lineup received more power in 2001 with the addition of the first available factory-installed supercharged engine in the compact truck segment, a version of the 3.3-liter V6. The supercharged engine produces 210 horsepower and 246 (A/T) / 231 (M/T) lb-ft of torque. It uses a Roots-type blower developed in conjunction with Eaton Corporation and is warranted by Nissan.

The Frontier comes with a choice of engines from the 143-horsepower 4-cylinder to the 210-horsepower supercharged V6 and choice of 5-speed manual or 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with a total of 20 available configurations. Other improvements for the 2002 Frontier lineup include a redesigned instrument panel and console and an available Rockford Fosgate®-powered audio system.