August 14, 2003

First Nissan Pathfinder Armada comes off assembly line

Canton, Mississippi – Nissan North America produced the first Pathfinder Armada full-size sport utility vehicle on Wednesday at the company’s Canton, Mississippi assembly plant, 10 days ahead of schedule, in what Senior Vice President for U.S. Manufacturing Dan Gaudette called a testament to employees’ hard work and dedication.

Job One - 2004 Nissan Armada
Job One – 2004 Nissan Armada. Click image to enlarge

The powerful, eight-passenger Pathfinder Armada will go on sale later this fall.

The Pathfinder Armada’s launch comes on the heels of the successful launch of the all-new Nissan Quest minivan on May 27th. The Quest, now in dealerships, was the first vehicle built in Mississippi, helping the state usher in an entirely new industry.

The $1.4 billion, 3.5 million square-foot Canton assembly plant is an important contributor to NISSAN 180, a three-year business plan aimed at expanding Nissan’s product line-up and establishing sustainable, profitable growth for the company worldwide.

The Pathfinder Armada sports a spacious interior, plenty of cargo room and an all-new 5.6 litre DOHC 32-valve Nissan Endurance V8 engine, which is assembled at Nissan’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee.

Later this fall, the Canton plant will launch the much-anticipated Nissan Titan King Cab and Crew Cab full-size pick-up trucks. They will be followed in early 2004 by a yet-to-be-named full-size Infiniti luxury SUV. Later in 2004, the Canton plant will become the second production source for the Altima mid-size sedan, which now is built at Nissan’s Smyrna, Tennessee assembly plant. When at full capacity, the Canton plant will produce 400,000 vehicles a year.

Nissan has invested nearly $4 billion in its three U.S. manufacturing facilities. In addition to the Altima, Nissan’s Smyrna plant builds Nissan Maxima sports sedans, Nissan Xterra SUVs, the full line of Nissan Frontier compact pickup trucks and in the fall of 2004 the next generation Nissan Pathfinder mid-size SUV. In Decherd, Tennessee, employees machine components and assemble transaxles and all engines used in Nissan’s U.S.-built vehicles.

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