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Nissan breaks ground today on an expansion to its Decherd, Tennessee engine plant and will start churning out powerplants for Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz models in about four years.

The plant already builds four-, six- and eight-cylinder engines for several Nissan models as well as the Infiniti JX SUV. In 2011, the Decherd plant built 580,000 engines. The expansion will boost production capacity by as much as 250,000 units per year.

Nissan's partnership with Mercedes-Benz, announced in January, has the Decherd facility supplying engines to Merecedes' only North American plant in Vance, Alabama. The four-cylinder will be installed in the German company's C-Class sedans.

"This is the newest milestone in our pragmatic collaboration and our most significant project outside of Europe so far," said Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn in a January press release. "Localized capacity reduces exposure to foreign exchange rates while rapidly enabling a good business development in North America – a win-win for the Alliance and Daimler."

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      That's quite a beautiful area to have an engine plant. Good for Nissan and good for Tennessee!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for Tennessee, wish Nissan would open a plant in the silicon valley the epicenter of Tech and electric motoring, Feel bad for the rust belt region. Unions have played a major part in the area's under development.
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      Jobs baby!
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          With overtime its somewhere in the $40-50K range. You're right though. No one would want that, especially in an area where a 3 bedroom house is less than $100K. They probably won't get more than 30 or 40 thousand applications.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      Again, the rustbelt region get slapped by big industry due to its liberal-unionesk nature. I love how those states bich and complain, while continuing to keep their heads deep in the dirt and deny to accept the truth and adapt. Like a slow moving train wreck that started in 1978.
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      Need a 5.6L V8---make a G56 AWD with about 560hp. 100hp/liter is the benchmark.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am interested to buy an altima 2014 but I hear that 2.4 engine has problem with noise..service centers in dealership cant find out what causes the noise in engine:farther more,headquarter does not issue any recall on the engine. allen h