Nissan invests $170 million in U.S. assembly plants to build 2019 Altima

Nissan invests $170 million in U.S. assembly plants to build 2019 Altima

Nissan North America has recently announced a $170 million investment in its Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi assembly plants to support production of the 2019 Altima.

The announcement came as the company celebrated the start of production of the sixth-generation sedan at its Smyrna facility. With this investment, Nissan has invested nearly $12 billion across its U.S. manufacturing footprint.

"Nissan's continued investment in our manufacturing facilities underpins our commitment to building top-quality vehicles in the U.S., as well as our valued workforce and the communities where we do business," said Heath Holtz, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Nissan North America, Inc.

The Japanese carmaker's investment was used to upgrade Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant and Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant with the latest manufacturing technology. Upgrades included:

- State-of-the-art laser brazing system in the body shop that gives the flexibility to weld the vehicles' sleek trunk lid.

- Updated paint shop with a new polyurethane stone guard coat paint system that provides a more durable, best-in-class exterior appearance.
- Calibration equipment that helps ensure the reliability and functionality of ProPilot Assist technology.

"The new Altima sets a new standard for the sedan market, and we are ready to bring it to the road for customers," said Holtz.

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