Nissan has stopped the production of its pickups at the Smyrna, Tenn. plant last week. It stopped making the ‘last Frontier’ last week. Nissan built its first truck in 1983 and has been offering them in the U.S. for almost three decades. Instead, Nissan’s Canton, Miss. plant will produce the midsize pickup, together with the Xterra body-on-frame SUV.
After this transition, Smyrna will turn into an all-unibody plant, as it is the source of the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti JX crossover, Altima, Maxima, Leaf electric and Rogue compact SUV. As a result, Canton will be the company’s truck specialty facility, which builds the Nissan Titan fullsize truck and Armada SUV, the NV fullsize vans, and the Frontier and Xterra now.
Even if the Canton facility has a theoretical annual production capacity of 450,000 units, only 100,000 fewer than Smyrna’s 550,000 unit capacity, the model line rationalization will offer the majority the high-volume models to Smyrna.
But then, Canton will be building the 2013 Nissan Sentra, offering a unibody car platform aside from the truck and SUV models. Canton also makes the Altima to supplement what rolls out of Smyrna. Smyrna has built 183,703 Altimas, 85,031 Rogues, 35,222 Maximas and 9724 Infiniti JX crossovers through July 2012. In addition, Smyrna built 34,996 Frontiers, pledging a significant output boost from the Canton plant after the transition.
Among the various features of the new Altima, its “class above” appeal is reasonably the one that attracts attention the most. This feature is apparent at first glance of its external and internal executions.
Carolin said that average-size sedan customers are usually driven primarily by the coherent features of purchase decision-excellent cost, dependability and comfort, which the Altima has in common with several other nameplates. But Altima customers do not settle with owning just another dull mid-size sedan. The latest Altima satisfies all of the rational purchase reasons and at the same time presents them in a fashion that is also gratifying. This was made possible through its dynamic appearance and high-powered riding performance.
The latest exterior aesthetic of the 2013 Altima starts with its extensive, aggressive stance and impressive front-end styling. Although the wheelbase is the same as the earlier generation Nissan Altima, the new one’s front and rear track (+1.4 inches) is broader and its fenders (+0.8 inches each side) are deeper. Enhancing these features are a crisp new framework design, a smooth bumper and a projector-type headlight that makes a daring, sophisticated look.
The latest “premium proportions” of the Nissan Altima carry on with the lengthier slanted rear roofline and elevated trunk that all together create a more fluid shape. The drip rail has been moved down while the waistline was elevated. The A-pillar angle has been slightly tilted. Additionally, the deep drawn stamping trunk has been elevated and stretched. The latest body design is studded with huge taillights (SL models has LED taillight standard) that run from the rear towards the sides of the body. Door handles and chrome trim add prominence to all eight available exterior palettes. Lastly, the aerodynamic fine-tuning reduces drag on the latest Altima.