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Quest, QX56 Moving Out of Mississippi

Nissan's Quest minivan and Infiniti QX56 sport-utility vehicle will have to find homes, now that Nissan is using some production capacity to build a new range of commercial vehicles.

The new commercial vehicles will be along the lines of the Dodge Sprinter vans, and will be built in Nissan's Canton, Miss., plant starting in the first half of 2010. Diesel engines are planned for the lineup, in partnership with Cummins.

Both the Quest and QX56 will be moved out of the Canton plant to make room for the three planned new commercial vehicles. Nissan will invest about $118 million to update the factory for the changeover. And though Nissan hasn't announced what will become of those two former vehicles,'s been hearing a couple of rumors. The Quest is all but certain to be replaced by a new seven-passenger crossover based on the Forum concept shown this year at the Detroit auto show. More than likely, that vehicle could be accommodated at Nissan's seemingly endless capacity in Smyrna, Tenn. As for the QX56, we've heard that an even more upscale version is being developed and will be positioned against the Range Rover. That vehicle likely will be built in Japan.

We'll keep you posted as details develop.

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