The 2002 Nissan Altima

Nissan's USA manufacturing operation rolled out the first 2002 Altima from the Smyrna, Tennesse, plant on August 1, with high hopes that the acclaimed newcomer will make a big impact in the USA's crucial four-million-unit mid-sized sedan segment.

The stylish new car, bigger and much more powerful than its predecessor, has received excellent reviews from automotive journalists.

"This Altima writes a new chapter for Nissan sedans, and we believe it will be a showstopper," said a senior vice president of Nissan U.S. Manufacturing, Dan Gaudette.

The new Altima offers 2.5-litre four-cylinder or 3.5-litre V6 power and increases in all major dimensions, including a wheelbase hiked 7.1 inches to 110.2 inches, allowing a much roomier cabin.

The first Altima was built in Smyrna on June 11, 1992, and to date the plant has produced 1,389,355 units.

Nissan plans to increase sales to approximately 190,000 units on an annual basis when the new model goes on sale in September.


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