Production of the 2013 Nissan Sentra sedan has started at its plant located in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Since 1992, the Sentra has been produced in Mexico. However, Nissan still made a $150 million investment to get the Aguascalientes plant ready in producing the new Sentra. Nissan released a video to show that on August 30 (the first day of production), a blue Sentra was the first car to be built.
To celebrate the arrival of the cars, Nissan workers prepared confetti and a live orchestra as well as a salute of car horns. The 2013 Sentra will be exported from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada. It will also be available in Mexico. The Aguascalientes plant has produced over 430,000 Sentras since 1992.
With the expectation that the new Sentra will be more popular than the previous model, Nissan will raise the manufacturing capacity of its Canton, Mississippi plant later this year. The Canton factory is where the following models are built: Nissan Altima sedan, Armada SUV, Titan pickup, NV van, Xterra SUV, and Frontier pickup truck. The 2013 Nissan Sentra will start selling this fall in the U.S.
The new car features an all-new sheetmetal that is more stylish than the old Sentra sedan. As a result, the new Sentra complements the design of the new Altima. The new Sentra is lighter than the 2012 Sentra by at least 150 pounds but it has a bigger interior and trunk space due to an improved packaging.
It is only available with one engine choice – a 130-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four engine. The Nissan Sentra has a continuously variable transmission, enabling it to have a fuel economy rating of 30/39 mpg (city/highway). A special FE+ version, which will feature more aerodynamic body components, will offer 40 mpg on the highway.