Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee, plant opened its doors in 1983 with production of the Nissan Hardbody pickup truck–it was simply known as the Nissan Truck in the U.S.–and has since produced the Altima, Sentra, Xterra, Maxima, Frontier, Pathfinder, 200SX, Leaf, Infiniti QX60. This year, production of the Rogue has been added to that list.
With the introduction of the 2014 Nissan Rogue, the Smyrna plant also celebrates 10 million vehicles. Nissan is pushing to have the majority of its production in the United States, as it plans to have 85 percent of all products built where they’re sold by 2015.
“Momentum continues as we add new products, jobs and investments to our U.S. manufacturing operations. For more than 30 years, the Smyrna plant has been building high-quality vehicles, and today’s milestone serves as further testament to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our U.S. workforce,” said Susan Brennan, Nissan’s vice president of manufacturing in Smyrna, in a recent statement.
By starting production of the new Rogue at the Smyrna plant, Nissan has created many new jobs, and now employs over 7,000 individuals. The plant, in addition to producing many of Nissan’s lineup, is the country’s largest lithium-ion automotive batter plant.
Since 2010, demand for the Nissan Rogue has increased nearly 50 percent, and sales through September have totaled 124,669 units. The redesigned 2014 Nissan Rogue is set to hit dealerships nationwide next month, offering a new exterior and available three row seating. We’ll be driving it towards the end of this month and will let you know how it stacks up to some very good competition.