USA: Nissan to build hybrid in US
The Nissan Altima gasoline-electric hybrid car will be manufactured at Nissan's manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, beginning in 2006.
Nissan will invest $10.4 million for additional equipment and minor modifications at the Smyrna plant to accommodate the hybrid. No square footage will be added, but some employees will undergo special training to help build the vehicle.
"We're looking forward to manufacturing this new, innovative product," said Dan Gaudette, Nissan senior vice president of North American Manufacturing and Quality Assurance. "It's a testament to the skill of our workforce, as well as the flexibility of our manufacturing operation, that we can do this given the complexities of already building five different vehicles in Smyrna. It will be in very capable hands."
Nissan has invested over $4.2 billion in its three U.S. manufacturing facilities. The Smyrna plant builds Nissan Maxima sedans, Nissan Xterra sport utility vehicles, Nissan Frontier mid-size pickup trucks, Nissan Altima mid-size sedans and the Nissan Pathfinder mid-size SUV.
The Canton, Mississippi, plant builds the Nissan Quest minivan, Titan full-size pick-up trucks, the Armada full-size SUV, the Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury SUV and additional Altima sedans. The Decherd, Tennessee Powertrain Assembly Plant machines components and assembles transaxles and all the vehicle engines (a four-cylinder, two six-cylinders and an eight-cylinder) for both of Nissan's U.S. automotive manufacturing plants. In the spring of 2006 the plant will begin forging one million crankshafts annually.