About Nissan

new_03_slideshowMore than 31 Years of Manufacturing in America

Nissan sold its first automobile in the U.S. in 1958, with U.S. manufacturing beginning in June of 1983 as a white Nissan pickup truck rolled off the assembly line. More than 31 years later, Nissan has four U.S. manufacturing facilities capable of producing 1.14 million vehicles, 1.65 million engines, 1.4 million forgings and 456,000 castings annually.


Read more about how Nissan Group is investing in America here (pdf).


In recent years, Nissan has made strategic investments in its U.S. operations to ensure the company is able to continue to build quality vehicles that meet the growing needs of U.S. consumers.

Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant

The opening of the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in 1983 was a groundbreaking moment, bringing automotive production to Tennessee for the first time. The plant has become a force for economic development, creating thousands of well-paying jobs and inspiring other auto companies and suppliers to set up operations in the state.


For more than 30 years, the Smyrna team has been assembling quality, award-winning cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. The plant has grown significantly over that time and transformed from a domestic manufacturer to a global one.


Models Currently Produced in Smyrna:


  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan LEAF
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Rogue
  • Infiniti QX60


Nissan Smyrna Battery Plant

Nissan is the only automaker that manufactures its own electric vehicle batteries at the largest lithium-ion automotive battery plant in the U.S.


Though Nissan LEAF is a revolutionary vehicle, its assembly requirements are much more similar to those of its traditional siblings like the Altima and Maxima with which it shares a manufacturing line. Adding the electric vehicle to the Smyrna manufacturing environment required only a few process changes, such as the addition of quality confirmation specifically for electric vehicles and special training for technicians. The addition of LEAF and battery assembly has resulted in the creation of more than 300 U.S. manufacturing jobs, a number that can increase with demand.


FACT SHEET: Vehicle Assembly Plant and Battery Plant – Smyrna, Tennessee



Building an Electric Car at the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee

Step onto the Nissan LEAF assembly line and watch the world’s best-selling electric car go from parts to product. Find out more at Nissan-Smyrna.com