Nissan Motor Co. will transfer the production of the Murano crossover from Japan to its Smyrna, Tenn., plant sometime in 2014, which is when the Murano is slated to have a full model modification, according to Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo business daily. This is part of Nissan’s plan to overhaul production while the yen continues to soar.
In 2011, Nissan delivered 85,000 Muranos in 2011 at plants in Japan, Russia and China. However, 90% were built at Nissan’s Kyushu plant in southwestern Japan. Around 70% of what’s built at this plant is exported to the U.S. Nissan has yet to comment on this issue. By transferring the Murano’s production line to Smyrna, it will mean that the Murano will be built alongside the Altima and Maxima sedans.
These three are built on the same platform. Nissan hopes to lessen the impact of the exchange rate because of the vehicles exported from Japan. Previously, Nissan has announced that production of the Rogue compact crossover will be moved to Smyrna from Japan when that vehicle is redesigned for the 2014 model year. Through August, Nissan has sold 35,637 Muranos in the U.S., standing for a 4.2% increase.