Nissan Motor on Monday said it would build a 5.1 billion yen facility near Tokyo to consolidate its global production engineering function in one place.

Construction on the 30,000-square-metre facility in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, will begin in October, with operations expected to start in March 2007, the automaker told Kyodo News.

Currently, Nissan's assembly plants around the world conduct their own trial production and quality analysis.

''The new global production engineering centre will focus on drastically improving the quality of new vehicles through the concentrated trial production and quality analysis of new vehicles in all stages of production, from press shop to trim and chassis,'' Sadao Sekiyama, a senior Nissan vice president for vehicle engineering production, told the news agency.

''This should further enhance vehicle quality levels at Nissan's plants in Japan and overseas.''