Nissan has shifted much of its production to North America on the strength of the Japanese yen and other volatility in the global currency market.
As a result, the Japanese automaker has been producing non-U.S. vehicles to be exported to other markets at its Smyrna, Tennessee plant. In fact, this month Nissan shipped 900 right-hand-drive Pathfinders to Australia and New Zealand.
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According to the Japanese automaker, its Tennessee plant can now assemble vehicles for 61 markets and next year, its Canton, Mississippi plant will be able to export Murano vehicles to as many as 119 markets. Nissan forecasts that it will almost double the number of exports from its U.S. plants by 2015.
In addition, Nissan will have its production in the Americas reach two million units next year with expansions to its U.S. plants and new facilities in Brazil and Mexico. In the U.S. alone, Nissan plans to produce one million vehicles.
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