Nissan North America has 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 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 all-new Altima features:
- 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.