TOKYO -- Nissan Motor Co. wants to halve its product-development time by creating virtual test vehicles.
The automaker wants to build or redesign a model from an existing platform in about 10 months, compared to about 20 months now.
The period is the time between design freeze and the start of production.
The virtual vehicles mean that Nissan will build only one set of real test models, rather than three different sets.
The shorter lead time will help Nissan save money and time.
To design a vehicle from scratch still will require four or five years, says a Nissan engineer.
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