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Making a Nissan GT-R

A visit to Nissan’s Tochigi plant to see the GT-R being built

Visiting factories in Japan has become an increasingly popular pastime in recent years with some plant fans infatuated to the point of even spending evenings visiting industrial sites.

After visiting Nissan’s Tochigi plant last week to see a Nissan GT-R being assembled, I can understand the attraction.

Located 90 kilometers (57 miles) north of Tokyo, the huge factory builds a raft of the most exciting Nissan and Infiniti vehicles. Chief among them: the legendary GT-R.

A Tochigi plant employee works on a 2012 model year Nissan GT-R

I headed north with Global Media Center videographer Andrew Malana to shoot the 2012 model year version of the GT-R being assembled from start to finish. We plan to produce a longer video of the GT-R early next year, but decided to show some of what we saw ahead of the end of year break.

As you can see in the video, the Nissan GT-R, one of fastest production cars in the world, is assembled on the same line as several other high-end models, although periodically extra hands are needed for the supercar, such as when the engine is finished (see the final seconds of the video).

A Nissan GT-R gets ready to roll off the production line

Perhaps the most impressive aspect of the tour for me, though, was the speed and dexterity the workers showed as they assemble the GT-R, switching effortlessly from building Infiniti sedans or Nissan 370Z Roadsters to the GT-R and then onto other models.

Given the freezing temperatures in Tochigi, I’m not sure I’d want to spend night viewing the plant, but highly recommend watching a GT-R being built. And if you can’t make it to the plant, look out for our video in 2012.

A Nissan GT-R's production edges closer to completion

One final note: This is very likely the Global Media Center’s last blog of this year. With that in mind, here’s wishing everyone a great end to the year and an even better 2012.

Ian Rowley

Deputy Editor



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