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40 Years of People, Product and Purpose

The first Nissan vehicle, a white pickup truck, manufactured in the United States is on display against a white backdrop
Where it all began. The first Nissan manufactured in the U.S.− a white 720 pickup.
May 17, 2023

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The story began on June 16, 1983, when the first Nissan manufactured in the U.S.− a white 720 pickup − rolled off the assembly line in Smyrna, marking the genesis of automotive production in Tennessee.

Nissan has since expanded its U.S. footprint to include a powertrain plant in Decherd, Tennessee in 1997 and a vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi in 2003. Collectively, these facilities have proudly built1 nearly 20 million vehicles and 13 million engines in the U.S. for customers around the globe.

“What began with one pickup truck has turned into four decades of manufacturing excellence,” said Nissan Americas Chairperson Jérémie Papin.

Read the full press release here.