When the replacement for the Nissan Almera enters UK production in 2000, it will have been developed 25 per cent faster than the current Primera. Nissan's pioneering three-year £3 million Cogent project has played a major part in helping accelerate the new car's development. "Design and development of a product account for at least 80 per cent of cost, quality and performance," says Ian Milburn, deputy managing director of Nissan's European Technology Centre (NETC) at Cranfield. "Our design and development function depends on suppliers who provide at least 70 per cent of the components of a vehicle, so we must work with them to remain competitive in 2000."