Nissan fans who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the 2016 Altima are in for some good news. The company has recently begun production of the new vehicle in its Smyrna, Tennessee plant, and it’s expected to be ready for delivery to dealerships across the United States next month.
The Altima has proven itself to be a major source of revenue for the Japanese car maker. Thus, according to Nissan North America’s senior vice president John Martin, the teams that designed and built the Altima have been meticulous in the new concept for the 2016 Altima.
The new model has been scheduled for a mid-cycle refresh, and Martin said that it is Nissan’s unspoken mission to continually improve on the best-selling Altima with each model year.
Company’s North American teams are motivated by pride at creating a new version of a vehicle that has contributed to a 5-year consistent sales growth for the company. The Altima product line itself has been around for around 23 years.
It was in 1992 when Nissan rolled out the first Altima unit from the same Smyrna manufacturing plant, which has since taken on the primary manufacturing responsibilities on the vehicle.
The success of the product line became evident in 2004 when Nissan had to outsource some of the manufacturing to Canton, Mississippi, which is also set to begin producing the 2016 Altima next week.
Altima has single-handedly accounted for a sale of 5.5 million units from 1992 until this year so far. Nissan Smyrna’s vice president of manufacturing, Randy Knight, attributed the impressive sales figures of the Altima to the efforts and skills of the people in the North American Engineering, Design and Manufacturing.
Knight admitted that he didn’t expect the Altima to be that successful when he witnessed the first Altima rolling out of Smyrna in 1992, but he said that Nissan has succeeded in making increasingly better Altimas every year, thanks to the people behind its design and manufacturing in North America.
The new Altima now features a revamped exterior design. It now adheres to Nissan’s new “Energetic Flow” design language.
Almost all of the exterior features and components of the Altima have been redesigned, namely the front and rear fascia, grille, headlamps, lower and wider taillights, new 17-inch and 18-inch machine-finished aluminum-alloy wheel designs.
The interior design has also been updated to keep up with the new design language. In addition, the 2016 Edition of the Altima now carries a new 2.5-liter engine that has improved fuel economy. It can now run 39 miles consuming only a single gallon highway of fuel.
A 2.5-liter SR engine is also available as an option. Nissan has also fitted the 2016 Altima with Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control, and Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert technologies.
It also boasts of the Predictive Forward Collision Warning technology that can be found only in this mid-size segment. Being the manufacturing hub for a bestselling vehicle, Nissan’s Smyrna plant has gained the distinction of having the highest production figures for any automotive assembly plant in the United States.
The collective efforts of 8,400 line personnel have resulted to more than 648,000 vehicles rolling out of the plant as of 2014. Aside from the Altima, Smyrna is responsible for assembling the Rogue, Pathfinder, Maxima and Infinit QX60. Final assembly of Nissan’s new all-electric vehicle, the LEAF, also takes place in Smyrna.