Nissan is to move production of another vehicle from Japan to a US plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, according to an Associated Press (AP) report.

The news agency cited Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn as saying that production of the redesigned Pathfinder SUV, now with a third row of fold-down seats, would be moved though no further details were provided. Nissan last year transferred production of its redesigned Maxima luxury saloon to the US from Japan.

Nissan also used the US new year motor show season to launch the redesigned 2005 Frontier, a smaller version of its first full-size pickup, the 2004 Titan, the AP report added.

"For truck buyers who are not quite ready for the full-size version, the Frontier has all the innovation and strength of the Titan, yet in a more affordable, more manageable package," AP cited Ghosn as saying. The report added that the new model is larger inside and out, with multiple seat configurations [than its predecessor].