CANTON, Miss. – Nissan today announced its Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has earned the sourcing contract to build the next-generation Murano crossover, which comes as Nissan begins celebrating 10 years of manufacturing in Mississippi.
Since it was established in 2003, the Nissan Canton facility has become a cornerstone of Nissan’s North American manufacturing operations. Over the past decade, Nissan Canton has grown from building one model to seven, including the Altima, the Armada full-size SUV, the Xterra mid-size SUV, the Titan and Frontier pickup trucks and NV commercial and passenger vans.
As Nissan’s flagship crossover, the Murano remains one of the company’s most important vehicles. Beginning in 2014, the Murano will be the eighth vehicle built in Canton and will require several hundred employees for production.
The new Nissan Murano will showcase a progressive crossover design, and the company will unveil styling cues for future Nissan crossovers on a concept vehicle debuting at the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14.
“As we look back on ten years of manufacturing in Canton, it’s become clear throughout the Nissan network that ‘Made in Mississippi’ is a stamp of quality and great people,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. “With the addition of this new model in Canton, Nissan is well on its way toward meeting our goal to manufacture 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America.”