Production on the new 2016 Nissan Maxima has begun.
The Japanese automaker has announced the eighth-generation Maxima will continue to be built at the company’s Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Tennessee, which is the top-producing automotive plant in North America. The plant has been responsible for producing nearly 800,000 Maximas since it began in 2003, with over 60,000 of those exported to markets worldwide. The Maxima is one of six models produced at Nissan’s Smyrna plant and will be assembled on the same line as the Altima and Leaf.
The 2016 Nissan Maxima was originally teased during the automaker’s Super Bowl commercial this year, ahead of its official debut at the New York Auto Show. The stylish body is lower, longer, lighter and structurally stiffer compared to its predecessor and loses about 82 lbs while gaining roughly 25 percent more torsional rigidity. The sedan is powered by the automaker’s popular VQ V6 engine with 300 hp while delivering an estimated 30-mpg highway rating. The 2016 Nissan Maxima starts at $33,235 and will go on sale early this summer.
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“When Nissan came to Tennessee more than 30 years ago, there were almost no auto jobs in the state,” said Alexander. “Three decades later, about one-third of our manufacturing jobs are auto related, auto suppliers have located in 80 counties, and our family incomes are higher. I want to thank Nissan for providing opportunities for thousands of talented Tennesseans.”
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