Smyrna Plant History
Nissan’s production plant in Smyrna, Tennessee has been creating the well-known Altima nameplate since it was introduced to the market in 1992, so to Nissan, there was never any other choice for production on the latest generation. The all-new mid-size sedan will roll off of the assembly line in both Smyrna and at Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi, thanks to a large investment the company has made in both factories.
Dropping a sum of $170 million, Nissan is making big upgrades to Smyrna and Canton, all with the end goal of producing the new Altima. While we didn’t get the specifics, the upgrades include a new paint shop, calibration equipment to help with the new Nissan ProPILOT Assist system, and a laser brazing system designed to create the Nissan Altima’s trunk.
The 2019 Nissan Altima will be the first sedan in Nissan’s US lineup to come with the option of AWD. It will also offer the new VC-Turbo engine as one of its engine options and come equipped with the ProPILOT semi-autonomous driver assist technology, which uses advanced cruise control and Steer Assist in tandem to make highway driving simple and safe. 2019 Altima production is expected to begin sometime this fall when the new model becomes available at dealerships across the United States.
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