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New 2016 Nissan Altima production begins in Smyrna


October 26, 2015
By Business Wire News

SMYRNA, Tenn.

Production begins today in Smyrna for the updated 2016 Nissan Altima, Nissan’s top-selling vehicle.

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New 2016 Nissan Altima production begins in Smyrna (Photo: Business Wire)

New 2016 Nissan Altima production begins in Smyrna (Photo: Business Wire)

Nissan’sSmyrna, Tennessee assembly plant boasts production of two of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the hot selling Rogue compact crossover that was redesigned for 2014, and the Altima that starting today is getting a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year.

“Altima is Nissan’s bellwether vehicle in North America, so we take great pride in getting it right and continually improving,” said John Martin, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Nissan North America. “All of our North American teams are aware of how important the mid-size sedan segment is to this region, and having five straight years of continuous sales growth in such an intensely competitive segment has become a point of pride for us.”

The first Altima launched in Smyrna in 1992, and the popular mid-size sedan has been built there ever since. Brisk sales by 2004 prompted Nissan to expand production to Smyrna’s sister plant in Canton, Mississippi. To date, over 5.5 million Altimas have rolled off the two U.S. plants’ production lines. Canton will launch production of the 2016 Altima in one week.

Just three years after its total redesign for the 2013 model year, the Nissan Altima has been transformed again in one of the most extensive mid-cycle product makeovers in Nissan history. Updates include a refreshed exterior following the new Nissan “Energetic Flow” design language introduced initially with the MY15 Murano and followed by the all-new Maxima. Design is highlighted by a redesigned front and rear fascia, grille, headlamps, lower and wider taillights, new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheel designs, refined interior design, class-leading* standard fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon highway (2.5-liter engine, except 2.5 SR), addition of a new, sportier Altima SR grade and much more.

Nissan Safety Shield technologies available on the 2016 Altima include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and class exclusive available Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

In 2014 the Smyrna plant became the highest-producing automotive assembly plant in North America, with more than 648,000 vehicles assembled. The operation employs more than 8,400 people and produces the all-electric Nissan LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima and Infiniti QX60 in addition to the Rogue and Altima.

“I was here when the very first Altima came off the line, and we knew Altima was going to play an important role in Nissan’s future in this region,” said Nissan Smyrna’s vice president of manufacturing Randy Knight. “I don’t know if any of us who were here back then had any idea just how successful or how important Altima would become. It just keeps getting better, and it is a credit to the talents of our North American teams in Engineering, Design and Manufacturing that it continues to appeal to car buyers in North America.”

The new 2016 Altima will go on sale at U.S. Nissan dealerships in November.

About Nissan North America

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history.

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

*Fuel economy based on targeted 2016 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5, 2.5S, 2.5SV, and 2.5SL with standard powertrain – EPA data not available at time of publication. Targeted 2016 fuel economy 39 MPG Hwy estimate based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

Nissan North America
Josh Clifton, 615-725-1767
josh.clifton@nissan-usa.com
or
Steve Yaeger, 615-725-4443
steve.yaeger@nissan-usa.com