2015 Murano Production Underway in Canton, Miss.
Production began on the long-awaited 2015 Nissan Murano today in Mississippi, making the Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant the automaker’s latest global hub by handling the production of a vehicle that will ultimately make its way to more than 100 markets around the globe.
“The strategic investments that Nissan has made in Canton serve as a testament to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our workforce and suppliers,” said John Martin, Nissan’s senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. “In Canton, we build high-quality vehicles that compete and win globally, and the bold new Murano will build on that reputation.”
The Murano is now the eighth vehicle in the Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant lineup, sharing space with the Altima, Armada, Titan King and Crew Cab, Frontier King and Crew Cab, Xterra, NV Cargo, and NV Passenger.
To support production, Nissan has added 1,300 jobs to the plant, bringing its active workforce to more than 6,000 employees. All told, Nissan has invested more than $2 billion in the plant over more than a decade in order to make it one of the automaker’s most important facilities in all of the U.S.
“More than 11 years ago, Nissan propelled Mississippi’s automotive industry into the global spotlight, and since that time, the company has served as the cornerstone of the industry in our state,” said Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. “Today’s debut of the first Murano manufactured in the U.S. once again puts Mississippi on the global stage and helps us further demonstrate to the world that we have a business environment that spurs success and a quality workforce that takes pride in a job well done.”
Nissan has stated that it plans to move production of 85 percent of all of its vehicles to North America by the end of 2015.
Gallery: 2015 Murano Production Underway