Washing a car can be a chore – and a costly one at that. In response, Nissan in Europe has begun tests on innovative paint technology that repels mud, rain and everyday dirt, meaning drivers may never have to clean their car again.
Today Nissan officially opened its R $2.6 billion (USD $1.5 billion) * industrial complex in Resende, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, marking one of the largest automotive investments by any manufacturer in the country.
Nissan Motor announced in February that it was licensing its patents and know-how for a nuts-and-bolts delivery system, "Automatic Parts Feeder Technology", to Japanese firm MICE in Kawasaki, an industrial city near Yokohama.
Three years ago, Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, lost one in 10 of its residents to the tsunami of March 11. Now, one-fourth of the population of 20,000 lives in temporary housing. Prefab construction is the norm.