The first all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima rolled off the assembly line yesterday at Nissan North America\'s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
The first all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima rolled off the assembly line yesterday at Nissan North America\’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.. Click image to enlarge

Smyrna, Tennessee – The first all-new 2009 Nissan Maxima rolled off the assembly line yesterday at Nissan North America’s manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The “Job 1” car was driven off the assembly line during a celebration attended by Nissan employees and executives.

“We set out to create one of the best performing front engine, front-wheel drive sedans in the world,” said Al Castignetti, vice-president and general manager, Nissan division. “The Maxima delivers on all levels, offering the value, quality and exhilarating performance consumers have come to expect from Nissan.”

The new model features a more powerful 3.5-litre V6 engine and new Xtronic CVT with manual mode, including a new “Drive Sport” mode added for 2009. All of the engines are produced at Nissan’s plant in Decherd, Tennessee. The new model is expected to go on sale in the early summer.

The Maxima was first introduced to the U.S. market in 1981; production moved to Tennessee in 2003. The plant has produced 384,303 Maxima units as of May 15, 2008; it also builds the Altima, Xterra, Pathfinder and Frontier.

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