2018 Nissan Leaf Production Kicks Off in Tennessee

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The all-new 2018 Nissan Leaf will be available at dealerships nationwide starting next month.

U.S. production of the next-generation electric vehicle has kicked off at the Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. The Leaf has been in production at the factory since 2013, with over 114,550 units sold in the U.S. since 2011. Priced from $30,875 including destination, the new Leaf will be available in all 50 states and offers over 150 miles of range on a single charge.

The Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant has been producing vehicles since 1983 and has delivered over 12-million new cars to date. Along with the Nissan Leaf, the plant currently also produces the Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder, Rogue, and the Infiniti QX60. It has an annual production capacity of 640,000 vehicles.

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While U.S. production of the Leaf is handled in Tennessee, the Nissan Oppama Plant in Yokosuka, Japan and Nissan Motor Manufacturing Ltd. in Sunderland, England manufacture the Leaf for global markets.

“We’re committed to vehicle electrification and manufacturing in the United States,” said Jeff Younginer, vice president, manufacturing, Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant, Nissan North America, Inc. “With the LEAF’s low starting price and latest suite of Nissan Intelligent Mobility features, we’re excited to ramp up production and bring the LEAF to market next month.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Frank Castle Frank Castle on Dec 06, 2017

    $30,000 dollars and a measily laughable range of 130 miles? Is this a joke? Nissan Sucks. $30,000 for an electric paperweight turd that enviromentalists cant wait to salivate over to claim theyre helping the enviroment by going GREEN what a steaming pile of crap. When is the stupid EV fad/Trend going to die? Im getting sick of seeing Teslas on the road with their smug leftist driver driving worse than a prius in rush hour traffic.