Thursday night (8/23/2012) marked the final production of the Nissan Frontier at the Smyrna, Tennessee plant. Since its introduction in 1983, more than one million of the mid-sized pickup trucks have been assembled at the Rutherford County facility. The Frontier pickup was affectionately known as “Job One”.
Production of Nissan’s 5-passenger SUV, the Xterra, as well as the Frontier pickup are both moving to Canton, Mississippi.
Workers at the local plant are sad to see their prized truck leave, but the change reportedly allows Nissan to increase capacity in Smyrna for the LEAF electric car, Pathfinder, and Rogue. It also moves the Infinity JX luxury SUV to this location.
The assembly of the Infinity JX at the Smyrna plant, marks the first time Nissan has allowed one of its luxury vehicles to be created outside of Japan. Many say this is a compliment to the Rutherford County employees. The move out of that country reportedly was to counter the strong yen.
The Infinity JX has a base price of a little over 41-thousand dollars.
Nissan's goal of 8 percent global market share is a part of the shift at the Rutherford County complex.