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More Interesting FACTS: MFG Plant History Smyrna, TN

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April 1980 - Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp.
U.S.A. formed

August 1980 - Marvin T. Runyon named president and CEO

February 1981 - NMM groundbreaking in Smyrna

June 1983 - Job One, a white pickup truck, rolls off the line

May 1984 - Announced production of Sentra sedan, the first U.S.-built Nissan car

March 1985 - Sentra Job One rolls off the line

March 1987 - Produced 500,000th vehicle

December 1987 - Jerry L. Benefield named new president and CEO

April 1989 - Announced production of Altima sedan, requiring a $490 million expansion and creating more than 2,000 jobs

July 1989 - Produced one-millionth vehicle

June 1992 - Altima Job One rolls off the line

March 1993 - Produced two-millionth vehicle

June 1994 - Smyrna named the most productive car and truck plant in North America in The Harbour Report, a prestigious survey of the auto industry (dual honor repeated in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003)

September 1997 - Frontier Job One rolls off the line

December 1997 - Produced four-millionth vehicle

June 1998 - Produced the last 200SX

March 1999 - Last Sentra assembled, production moved to Nissan Aguascalientes, Mexico, plant

April 1999 - Xterra SUV Job One rolls off the line

January 2000 - Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. is consolidated into Nissan North America Inc.; Dan Gaudette is named senior vice president of U.S. Manufacturing, reporting to Emil Hassan, senior vice president of North American Manufacturing, Purchasing, Quality & Logistics

January 2000 - 2000 Xterra named “North American Truck of the Year” at the North American International Auto Show

October 2000 - 2000 Xterra named Motor Trend’s 2000 Sports/Utility Vehicle of the Year

November 2000 - Produced five-millionth vehicle

January 2002 - 2002 Altima is named “North American Car of the Year” at the North American International Auto Show

January 2003 - Maxima Job One rolls off the line as production shifts from Japan to Smyrna

April 2004 - Dan Gaudette named senior vice president of North American Manufacturing; Greg Daniels named senior vice president of U.S. Manufacturing

June 2004 - Smyrna named the most productive North American car plant by The Harbour Report; plant’s Altima production sets a new record for productivity

August 2004 - Nissan Pathfinder Job One

June 2005 - Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen announces that Smyrna will begin building the Altima hybrid in the summer of 2006 for the 2007 model year

August 2005 Produced seven-millionth vehicle, an Aztec Red Frontier Crew Cab pickup truck

October 2005 - Xterra named Motor Trend’s 2006 Sport/Utility Vehicle of the Year

October 2006 - Grand opening for new North American Field Quality Center
April 2007 - Bill Krueger named senior vice president of North American Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management

April 2007 - Altima Coupe Job One rolls off the line

October 2007 - Produced eight-millionth vehicle

May 2008 - Next generation 2009 Maxima Job One rolls off the line

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I find it interesting.
btw, one of the white KC DR frontier you guys made in April 1999 is still on the road.
Thats great news Mathster, there are many older Nissan truck still on the road here too. They are very durable. Sure they have there design flaws just like any other brand but I am partial... :)

I was wondering if you could find the production numbers for the frontier in each year? I see very few around here, so just curious.
Hey Thefullfronty, I will look for that info Monday and try to get it on here. I have last years and current year to date. How far do you want to go back?
neat read, thanks. These million mark cars and trucks...were they sold or did Nissan keep them? If they were sold did the customer know that they were a internal # car? I think that be kinda neat to say hey my fronty was the seven-millionth vehicle that was produced in Smyrna.
Hey Pidge, yes the vehicles were sold to the best of my knowledge. The only vehicles that were kept in our facility are all of the Job Ones that were produced there. I have seen in the past that the customer would know and be included in the celebration of the millionth sold milestone.
Hey Guys, I've been out of the loop for a while.

If anyone has a question for me please PM me so I can keep track of them. I will do my very best to answer each one even if the answer is "I don't know". If you have submitted a question in a thread please send a PM.

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