Nissan has confirmed that it will build the next Maxima at its assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, from January 2003, shifting the manufacture of the sport sedan to its largest market.

About 2,000 new employees are currently being added in Smyrna and in Decherd, Tenn., where Nissan is expanding capacity to build the Maxima’s V6 engines.

Nissan also estimates that suppliers will invest nearly $50 million in Tennessee alone to create up to 500 jobs to support Maxima production.

Production of the Maxima in Smyrna is part of a programme announced by Nissan in July 2000 to invest $1 billion in its manufacturing plants in Smyrna and Decherd over a four-year period.

Replacement for the current Nissan Maxima will be built in Smyrna, Tennessee

The company will now make full use of production capacity at Smyrna, enabling the assembly of 500,000 vehicles annually. It plans to build approximately 400,000 vehicles this financial year.

When Maxima production begins in 2003, the plant will build 75,000 annually.

No additional facility construction is required to manufacture the Maxima. Production areas within the 5.2-million-square-foot Smyrna plant will be modified to accommodate additional lines and the new car will share its platform with the recently launched new Altima which is built at Smyrna alongside Frontier pickup trucks and Xterra SUVs.

By 2003, Nissan will be able to build about 1.1 million vehicles annually at its North American plants in the U.S. and Mexico.


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