Nissan has announced a $170 million investment in its Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi assembly plants to support the production of the 2019 Altima.
“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.
Nissan’s investment was used to upgrade the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant and Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant with the latest manufacturing technology. Upgrades to each of the plants include state-of-the-art laser brazing system in the body shop that gives the flexibility to weld the vehicles’ sleek trunk lid, an updated paint shop with a new polyurethane stone guard coat paint system that provides a more durable, best-in-class exterior appearance, and 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.
New features on the 2019 Altima include:
- Advanced Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety and driving aid technologies, including ProPILOT Assist and introducing Safety Shield 360 with Rear Automatic Braking.
- Enhanced driving performance, including available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.
- Two new engines, including the company’s world’s first production-ready Variable Compression Turbo.
- Expressive design with lower, wider and more athletic proportions.
- New open, airy premium uplifting interior design.
The all-new Altima will be available in five grade levels, along with a limited-production “Edition ONE” launch model. It also will be available in an expanded number of global markets in the coming years.
The all-new Altima arrives on dealer lots in the U.S. this fall and will be produced at Nissan Smyrna and Nissan Canton assembly plants. Nissan has now invested nearly $12 billion across their U.S. manufacturing facilities.