Where Are Nissan Vehicles Made?

by Michelle NatiUpdated September 09, 2022
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Nearly 4 million Nissans were sold in 2021, decreasing by 9.5 percent from the year before. Nevertheless, Nissan remains a popular car brand around the world. ​Nissan vehicles manufactured for the North American product line are built in the United States, Mexico, and Japan.

In the United States, Canton, Mississippi and Smyrna, Tennessee are the company’s primary factory locations. Nissan employs 22,000 people in the U.S. alone, including 17,000 manufacturers.

Who Makes Nissan Cars?

Nissan originated in Japan nearly 100 years ago. In 1928, founder Yoshisuke Aikawa became president of Nihon Sangyo. Its name derives from "Nippon" — the Japanese name of Japan, and "sangyo,” the Japanese term for "industry."

Nihon Sangyo primarily dealt in foundries and auto parts and from it, the Nissan Motor Company debuted in 1933. It expanded beyond Japan and officially came to the U.S. as Datsun in 1958. The company launched its first Datsun models — a 1000 cc car and truck — at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 1959. Nissan began production in Mexico in 1966 to meet demand, and opened the Smyrna location in 1993. Today, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance (Group Renault) owns the Nissan Brand.

What Nissan Cars are Built in USA?

Many of the models destined for North American drivers are built in the U.S., and their creation is split fairly evenly between the Smyrna and Canton plants. Since 1983, Smyrna has built more than 10 million Nissan vehicles in its 6 million square-foot plant, which employs about 6,700 workers. Currently, five Nissan models are assembled in Smyrna. They are:

  • Nissan LEAF
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Nissan Rogue

Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant has created more than 25,000 jobs in the area. Over half its management comprises minorities, which earned it a designation by Diversity, Inc. in 2012. The Canton plant, which opened in 2002, is a 4.7-million-square-foot facility that was to solely build vehicles for the U.S. market, but it has since grown to build cars and trucks for use around the globe. The Nissan models assembled in Canton are:

  • Nissan Altima
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan NV
  • Nissan Frontier
  • Nissan Titan and Titan XD

Where Is Nissan Made in Japan and Mexico?

Nissan Still builds vehicles in Japan and Mexico. The plants in those countries are responsible for the following models:

  • Nissan GT-R: Tochigi Plant, Japan
  • Nissan 370Z: Tochigi Plant, Japan
  • Nissan Armada: Kyushu Plant, Japan
  • Nissan Versa: Aguascalientes, México
  • Nissan Sentra: Aguascalientes, México

The above location cover the production for vehicles destined for the sale in the U.S. Those sold in other markets may be assembled in other countries.

Where Are Nissan Engines Made?

Nissans engines are not made in Smyrna or Canton. Instead, engine production takes place at the company’s Powertrain Assembly Plant in Decherd, Tennessee. The 1.1 million square-foot facility, which opened in 1997, produces 1.4 million engines every year. They are:

  • The 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine for the Altima and Rogue models
  • The 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder SC engine for the Pathfinder, Murano, QX60 models
  • The 3.5-liter, 6-cylinder engine for the Frontier, NV, Patrol models
  • The 5.6-liter, 8-cylinder engine for the Titan, NV models

Additionally, the Powertrain Assembly Plant builds engines for the Nissan LEAF, the company’s all electric car.

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