Nissan has denied that it has plans to further cut the number of car platforms after reducing the number to 12 from the current 15 by fiscal 2002, according to a report carried on the Dow Jones website.

The denial follows a Nihon Keizai Shimbun report over the weekend that Nissan plans to reduce the number of car platforms to 8 by fiscal 2006.

The 8 platforms will be used for subcompacts, compacts and full-size front- and rear-wheel drive models and small trucks, while Nissan will share the two platforms for subcompacts and compacts with its leading shareholder Renault SA, the report said.

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