January 13, 2005

Nissan begins production of new Xterra in Smyrna, Tennessee

Smyrna, Tennessee – The first 2005 Nissan Xterra rolled off the Smyrna manufacturing assembly line this week. It was previously built in Japan.

2005 Nissan Xterra Job One
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“Our company’s product revival began with our 1999 launch of this innovative SUV,” said Dan Gaudette, senior vice president of North American Manufacturing and Quality Assurance for Nissan North America, Inc. “With this second generation, we’ve added more power, room and utility, something our consumers have said they wanted.

The all-new SUV, which will be offered in both 4WD and 2WD configurations, is built on Nissan’s new “F-Alpha” platform, a modified version of the platform used in the Titan full-size and Frontier midsize trucks and the Armada full-size and Pathfinder midsize SUVs.

Larger than the original Xterra, the 2005 Xterra comes in a fully boxed, all-steel ladder frame, with a steel double-wishbone front suspension with stabilizer bar and rigid leaf spring rear suspension. Its ground clearance has also been enhanced.

The 2005 Xterra is powered by a 4.0 litre DOHC V6 engine, rated at 265 horsepower and 284 lb-ft torque. The engine will be standard in all three models of the vehicle – the S, Off-road and the SE.

Nissan has invested more than $4.2 billion in its three U.S. manufacturing facilities. In addition to the Xterra, the Smyrna plant builds the Maxima sports sedan, the Altima midsize sedan, the Frontier midsize pickup truck and the Pathfinder midsize SUV. The Canton, Mississippi assembly plant produces the Nissan Quest minivan, the Altima, the Armada full-size SUV, Titan full-size truck, and the Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury SUV. In Decherd, Tennessee, Nissan builds engines for all U.S.-produced Nissan and Infiniti vehicles and assembles transaxles.

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