Autech

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Autech Japan, Inc.
Native name
株式会社オーテックジャパン
Kabushiki-gaisha Ōtekku Japan
Subsidiary
Industry Car modification
Founded 17 September 1986[1]
Headquarters Chigasaki-shi, Japan
Key people
Revenue ¥127.8 billion (FY2013[1])
Number of employees
409 (2014[1])
Parent Nissan Motor Corporation

Autech (オーテック Ōtekku?) is a company focussed in tuning and converting Nissan cars.[2]

History[edit]

Autech was founded in 1986 as a subsidiary of Nissan.[3][4] Nissan named Shinichiro Sakurai, the former general manager of the company's Advanced Vehicle Design Department, as the first president of the new company.[5] The company sells the cars through Nissan dealers rather than through other means.

Partnership with Zagato[edit]

On 27 May 1987 Autech and the Italian company Zagato signed an agreement to jointly produce a luxury sports car aimed mainly at the Japanese market. Autech was responsible of the engine and chassis, and Zagato of the interior and exterior design.[4][6] The new car used the platform of the Nissan Leopard and was called Autech Zagato Stelvio AZ1. It was unveiled in 1989 and 203 units were produced.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The head offices and factory are located in Chigasaki-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture. There are additional offices in Nagoya and Fukuoka and an ASEAN office in Bangkok, Thailand.[8]

Activities[edit]

Autech makes tuning for Nissan. It also modifies vehicles to adapt them for disabled people[3] and to meet the needs of different work areas.[8]

Tuned vehicles[edit]

Nissan Skyline BCNR33 Autech displayed in Nagano, Japan

Some cars produced by Autech ("Autech Version") include the following:

Nissan X-Trail Axis

Motorsport vehicles[edit]

Autech Japan also tunes GT500 class Nismo racing car engines (Skyline GT-R R34 and Fairlady Z Z33) competing in the All Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (recently renamed Super GT) against other tuners such as BMW Motorsport, Mugen, and Toyota Technocraft.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Corporate data". Autech Japan. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Business Outline". Autech Japan. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "(5) 株式会社オーテックジャパン" [(5) Autech Japan, Inc.]. Bimonthly Doctor's Plaza (in Japanese) (Tokyo: DRP) 107. February 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Endo, Izuru (13 September 2013). "幻の名車「オーテック ザガート ステルビオ」を見にゆく!" [Going to see a vision of one of the finest cars: Autech Stelvio Zagato!] (in Japanese). Autoc one. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "Nissan Legend Shin'ichiro Sakurai: The Real Face of Mr. Skyline". nissannews.com. Nissan USA. 9 October 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Autech and Zagato unite to create a new sports car". Car Graph 26 (8). August 1987. 
  7. ^ Lawrence, Mike. "Autech". A to Z of Sports Cars, 1945–1990. Bay View Books. ISBN 1-870979-81-8. 
  8. ^ a b "Autech Japan, Inc.". Bloomberg. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 

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