SMYRNA, Tenn. (June 13, 2016) – Nissan North America recently recognized recipients of the company’s 2016 scholarship program. The recipients, each with a parent who works at Nissan’s manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, earned renewable four-year scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,750 per year. Pictured left to right are: Natalie Covington, Joshua (Mill) Harner, Jennifer Newman, Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Plant vice president Randy Knight, Andrew Salyer, Stephany Marin Restrepo and Phillip Curtis.

Nissan announces winners of annual scholarship award

Six winners recognized during annual awards luncheon

SMYRNA, Tenn. (June 13, 2016) – Nissan North America recently recognized recipients of the company’s 2016 scholarship program. The recipients, each with a parent who works at Nissan’s manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, earned renewable four-year scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $3,750 per year. Pictured left to right are: Natalie Covington, Joshua (Mill) Harner, Jennifer Newman, Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Plant vice president Randy Knight, Andrew Salyer, Stephany Marin Restrepo and Phillip Curtis.

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Last week, Nissan announced the winners of its annual NissanScholarship Program, awarding six middle Tennessee high school seniors renewable grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,750 per year.

 

The 2016 winners and their chosen universities are:

 

  • Natalie Covington – Stewarts Creek High School (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • Phillip Curtis – Cascade High School (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • Joshua Harner – Coffee County Central High School (Sewanee)
  • Stephany Marin Restrepo – Siegel High School (University of Memphis)
  • Jennifer Lynn Newman – Siegel High School (Middle Tennessee State University)
  • Andrew Salyer – Macon County High school (Belmont University)

 

The program is offered to dependent sons and daughters of full-time Nissan employees who work at the company’s vehicle assembly, battery and powertrain operations located in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee. The funds can be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for the course load.

 

“Nissan is committed to encouraging and empowering students to learn,” said Randy Knight, vice president of Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant. “These six talented students are part of the Nissan family, and we are proud to play a role in their continuing education.”

 

The Nissan Scholarship Program was started in 1984, and since then Nissan has awarded nearly $1 million in scholarship funds.  To learn more about Nissan’s support of the Middle Tennessee community, visit Nissan-Smyrna.com.

 

 


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Nissan named one of DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies for diversity for third year

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan North America, Inc., has earned a spot as one of DiversityInc Magazine’s 2016 Top 25 Noteworthy Companies list for the third year in a row, largely due to the continued growth of its employee resource groups. One of the most successful elements of Nissan’s diversity strategy, these affinity groups provide employees who have shared interests/identities with the opportunity to work cross-functionally and develop programs that drive a culture of inclusion in the workplace.

 

“With the most diverse consumer base of any automotive manufacturer, we understand the importance of authentic engagement with our employees and the communities where we live and work,” said Rebecca Vest, vice president of Corporate Development and Social Responsibility at Nissan. “Members of our 25 employee resource groups work to raise cultural awareness within the company and serve as ambassadors within the community to educate others about the value of diversity.”

 

Nissan’s diversity strategy extends into the community through partnerships with other businesses and organizations — both locally and nationally — including:

 

Additionally, the Nissan Foundation — created in response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles in the 1990s — dedicates 100 percent of its funds to organizations with educational programs that foster a greater appreciation and understanding of cultural diversity.

 

“Our focus on diversity carries through to our supplier partners as well,” said Vest, noting that Nissan received the “2016 Corporation of the Year Award” from the Tri-State Minority Supplier Development Council (TMSDC) for its outstanding contributions in developing and expanding minority business opportunities.

 

DiversityInc measures each company’s response and assesses overall strength and year-to-year progress in four areas: talent pipeline, equitable talent development, CEO/senior leadership development and supplier diversity.

 

Nissan was recognized by DiversityInc as a Top 25 Noteworthy Company during a special event in New York on April 19.

 


INFOGRAPHIC: Nissan makes strategic investments in U.S. operatio

Nissan makes strategic investments in U.S. operations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – 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.

 

In 2015, Nissan marked a number of key U.S. milestones, including all-time records for total sales (1,484,918) and production (962,373). Localization remains an important part of Nissan’s strategy in North America, and the company has increased production of its core models in North America: Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra, Rogue, Versa, LEAF, Murano, Maxima and the next-generation TITAN.

 

Read more about how Nissan Group is investing in America in the infographic below.

 

 

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With a new engine assembled every 19 seconds, the production lines at Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Plant don't stop often or for very long.

Nissan’s Decherd Powertrain Plant produces 10 millionth engine


 
DECHERD, Tenn. – With a new engine assembled every 19 seconds, the production lines at Nissan’s Decherd Powertrain Plant don’t stop often or for very long. Today was an exception as the team stopped to celebrate a milestone – production of the plant’s 10 millionth engine.
 
The 10 millionth engine was a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine that will be assembled into a Nissan Altima scheduled to be built at Nissan’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, located about an hour away and also in Tennessee. The fuel-efficient QR 4-cylinder is the highest volume engine assembled in Decherd. In addition to Altima, which boasts best-in-class* standard highway fuel economy of 39 mpg, the QR engine powers the popular Nissan Rogue crossover. Rogue sales topped 287,000 in the U.S. in 2015, making it Nissan’s second best-selling model in America behind Altima.
 
Nissan began powertrain assembly in Decherd in 1997. Today, its workforce of more than 1,600 manufactures 4-, 6- and 8-cylinder engines, as well as eMotors, for the complete lineup of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles built in the U.S. The plant also houses crankshaft forging and cylinder block casting operations, making it one of the most complex powertrain facilities in America.
 
“Producing 10 million engines is a big number for any plant, but hitting this milestone in less than 19 years is a real testament to the strength and dedication of our workforce,” said Gary Edwards, vice president of Nissan’s U.S. Powertrain Operations and Battery Plant. “I’m proud of our team, the high-quality engines we build and the important contribution we have made to Nissan’s success in North America.”
 
In 2015, the Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant produced 964,000 engines, including eMotors. By comparison, the plant assembled 162,000 engines in 1998 during its first full year of operation.
 
In addition to the QR 4-cylinder, Nissan Decherd also builds award-winning VQ 6-cylinder engines for a Nissan lineup that includes the Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder, Frontier, Murano, NV Cargo and Passenger vans, as well as the Infiniti QX60. The plant’s powerful ZH 8-cylinder engine supports production of Nissan’s TITAN full-size pickup, Patrol full-size SUV (sold overseas) and NV Cargo and Passenger vans.
 
*EPA Fuel Economy Estimate 39 mpg Highway for 2.5, 2.5 S, 2.5 SV and 2.5 SL. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2015) – Nissan announced today that a new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine, assembled in Decherd, Tennessee, will be available in the all-new TITAN and TITAN XD full-size pickup trucks, completing the first phase of the “American TITAN” story. The engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm.

New Tennessee-sourced 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 Gasoline Engine to Power Nissan TITAN and TITAN XD

  • Advanced Endurance® V8 produces 390 horsepower, 401 lb-ft of torque; will be available in both TITAN and TITAN XD
  • Joins award-winning Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel to round out “every duty” TITAN XD engine lineup
  • V8 gasoline-powered TITAN XD Crew Cab goes on sale in early spring 2016, following this month’s arrival of TITAN XD diesel models

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Nissan announced today that a new 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 gasoline engine, assembled in Decherd, Tennessee, will be available in the all-new TITAN and TITAN XD full-size pickup trucks, completing the first phase of the “American TITAN” story. The engine features four-valves per cylinder, Variable Valve Event & Lift and Direct Injection, and is rated at 390 horsepower @ 5,800 rpm and 401 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm.
 
The gasoline-powered engine joins the award-winning Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel in early spring 2016 to round out the engine offerings for the all-new Nissan XD full-size pickup, which stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries. The bold new design combines the capabilities of a heavy-duty hauler with the drivability and affordability of a light-duty pickup.
 
“With this new engine, Nissan TITAN XD customers will have the opportunity to make the choice that is best for their towing and hauling needs – either the all-new Endurance V8 or the Cummins® diesel – two offerings that you won’t find on any other truck on the market today,” said Rich Miller, chief product specialist, TITAN, Nissan North America, Inc. “It’s going to be a tough decision for TITAN XD customers between these two very durable, capable engines.”
 
While the new Endurance V8 shares its displacement with the previous-generation V8 installed in Titan, that is where the similarities end. The new engine features 390 horsepower (up from 317) and 401 lb-ft of torque (up from 385), along with Nissan’s advanced VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology, which combines hydraulic-controlled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake and exhaust sides to provide high performance and crisp response. Throttle response is enhanced by directly controlling the intake valve, rather than using the traditional method of controlling intake with a throttle valve, and valve timing and opening with non-variable camshafts.
 
The new engine also features Direct Injection Gas (DIG™) technology, which provides better wide-open throttle performance and improved fuel economy and emissions performance (versus a non-direct-injection system) by reducing engine knock, improving combustion stability and offering precise injection control. An 11.2:1 compression ratio is provided by a new piston design, aiding overall engine efficiency and performance (previous Titan: 9.8:1) and a Multi Control Valve (MCV) assists in managing the engine’s thermal efficiency better than a traditional thermostat.
 
TITAN XD models equipped with the Endurance V8 engine will be outfitted with a new 7-speed automatic, which features Adaptive Shift Control and Downshift Rev Matching.
 
More information on the Endurance V8 and 7-speed automatic will be available closer to its early spring 2016 on-sale date.
 
About TITAN XD
The all-new 2016 Nissan TITAN XD full-size pickup has been named one of three finalists for the 2016 North American Truck/Utility of the Year (NATOY) and was also recently named “Truck of Texas” by the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA) in their annual 2015 Texas Truck Rodeo, which puts the industry’s best trucks, SUVs and CUVs through a grueling two-day evaluation at the historic Knibbe Ranch in Spring Branch, Texas. In addition to the competition’s top award, Truck of Texas, the new TITAN XD won three other honors – Luxury Pickup Truck of Texas, Off-Road Pickup Truck of Texas and Best Powertrain for its available Cummins® 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel engine.
 
The TITAN XD’s long list of innovative available technologies include an Integrated Trailer Brake Controller, Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Tow/Haul Mode with Downhill Speed Control and a Trailer Light Check system that allows one-person hook-up operation – including checking turn signals, brake lights and running/clearance lights. Assisting trailer hook-ups is a RearView Monitor with Trailer Guides. TITAN XD also offers an available Around View® Monitor (AVM), which provides a unique “bird’s eye” view of the surrounding area to help with parking and pulling in and out of tight spaces. The system includes Moving Object Detection (MOD). Two trailer hitches are available, including an integrated gooseneck hitch engineered into the frame and easily accessible in the bed.
 
The TITAN XD is offered in five grade levels: S, SV, SL, Platinum Reserve and the sporty PRO-4X grade with standard off-road features such as 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with all-terrain off-road tires, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential and skid plates. The TITAN XD Platinum Reserve grade features premium leather-appointed heated seating, dark chrome exterior trim, two-tone paint treatment, leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood insert, 20-inch dark chrome aluminum-alloy wheels and much more.
 
Following the launch of the 2016 TITAN XD Crew Cab in December, the new TITAN will be offered in three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three powertrain offerings and five grade levels. More information on the full lineup will be available at a later date.


SMYRNA, Tenn. (Oct. 26, 2015) – Production begins today in Smyrna for the updated 2016 Nissan Altima, Nissan’s top-selling vehicle. Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee assembly plant boasts production of two of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the hot selling Rogue compact crossover that was redesigned for 2014, and the Altima that starting today is getting a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year.

New 2016 Nissan Altima production begins in Smyrna

SMYRNA, Tenn. – Production begins today in Smyrna for the updated 2016 Nissan Altima, Nissan’s top-selling vehicle.

 

Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee assembly plant boasts production of two of the best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the hot selling Rogue compact crossover that was redesigned for 2014, and the Altima that starting today is getting a mid-cycle refresh for the 2016 model year.

 

“Altima is Nissan’s bellwether vehicle in North America, so we take great pride in getting it right and continually improving,” said John Martin, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing, Nissan North America. “All of our North American teams are aware of how important the mid-size sedan segment is to this region, and having five straight years of continuous sales growth in such an intensely competitive segment has become a point of pride for us.”

 

The first Altima launched in Smyrna in 1992, and the popular mid-size sedan has been built there ever since. Brisk sales by 2004 prompted Nissan to expand production to Smyrna’s sister plant in Canton, Mississippi. To date, over 5.5 million Altimas have rolled off the two U.S. plants’ production lines. Canton will launch production of the 2016 Altima in one week.

 

Just three years after its total redesign for the 2013 model year, the Nissan Altima has been transformed again in one of the most extensive mid-cycle product makeovers in Nissan history. Updates include a refreshed exterior following the new Nissan “Energetic Flow” design language introduced initially with the MY15 Murano and followed by the all-new Maxima. Design is highlighted by a redesigned front and rear fascia, grille, headlamps, lower and wider taillights, new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheel designs, refined interior design, class-leading* standard fuel economy of 39 miles per gallon highway (2.5-liter engine, except 2.5 SR), addition of a new, sportier Altima SR grade and much more.

 

Nissan Safety Shield technologies available on the 2016 Altima include Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and class exclusive available Predictive Forward Collision Warning.

 

In 2014 the Smyrna plant became the highest-producing automotive assembly plant in North America, with more than 648,000 vehicles assembled. The operation employs more than 8,400 people and produces the all-electric Nissan LEAF, Pathfinder, Maxima and Infiniti QX60 in addition to the Rogue and Altima.

 

“I was here when the very first Altima came off the line, and we knew Altima was going to play an important role in Nissan’s future in this region,” said Nissan Smyrna’s vice president of manufacturing Randy Knight. “I don’t know if any of us who were here back then had any idea just how successful or how important Altima would become. It just keeps getting better, and it is a credit to the talents of our North American teams in Engineering, Design and Manufacturing that it continues to appeal to car buyers in North America.”

The new 2016 Altima will go on sale at U.S. Nissan dealerships in November.

 

*Fuel economy based on targeted 2016 EPA fuel economy estimates for 2016 Nissan Altima 2.5, 2.5S, 2.5SV, and 2.5SL with standard powertrain – EPA data not available at time of publication. Targeted 2016 fuel economy 39 MPG Hwy estimate based on Nissan internal testing results, subject to EPA confirmation. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions — use for comparison only.

 

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