Nissan Motor Asia Pacific (NMAP) has opened a new R&D Test Center in Thailand. The new test center will serve as the R&D hub for ASEAN to better address customer needs in the region and to align more quickly to market requirements. The scope will be enlarged from the current quality assurance for product launches to the upstream product development phase of evaluation tests for trial prototypes.

The NMAP R&D test center will primarily service five ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. The facility also will provide testing for more than 90 countries around the world. Thailand has been a strategic market for Nissan in the Asia Pacific region since the establishment of the R&D center in 2003. NMAP today boasts an R&D center with industry-first testing facilities in Thailand: the anechoic chamber, acoustic chamber and vibration simulator with environment chamber. An additional investment of more than 1 billion Thai baht has been made to this 6,600 square meter facility. By the end of fiscal year 2016, a total of 330 staff will be employed, with local engineers trained in Japan to attain professional skillsets in order to operate the testing facilities.

Kazutaka Nambu, President of Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co., Ltd., emphasized that the realization of this R&D center is a tribute to the Kingdom's skilled workforce, competitive location, strong supply chain and effective policy support from the Thai Government. "NMAP R&D Test Center represents an important milestone not only for Nissan's presence here in the Kingdom of Thailand but also in the overall development of Thailand’s dynamic automobile industry," said Nambu. A total of 12 models will be tested at the test center, including the Navara, the Almera and the X-Trail Hybrid.