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Nissan’s three-millionth Altima rolled off the production line earlier this month — 15 years after the first model came off the assembly line at the company’s plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, on June 11, 1992.
“The Altima plays an important role in Nissan’s lineup, and we put a lot of discipline and skill into building each one,” said Greg Daniels, senior vice-president, U.S. Manufacturing. “The Altima provides our customers with a lot of value for the money, and we’re committed to providing them with a high level of quality as well.”
The Altima sedan, currently Nissan’s best-selling nameplate, is part of a lineup that includes the Altima Hybrid (Hybrid Electric Vehicle) and the all-new 2008 Altima Coupe. Built on Nissan’s “D” platform, the 2008 Altima sedan offers dramatic exterior styling, a well-equipped interior and a choice of the award-winning VQ-series 3.5-litre V6 or the 2.5-litre 4-cylinder engines, backed by a 6-speed manual or Nissan’s advanced Xtronic CVTTM (Continuously Variable Transmission).
Altima models are assembled at two Nissan U.S. assembly plants — in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss. The Smyrna plant produces about 750 Altimas a day (including cars for the Canadian market) and the Canton facility about 600 daily. In addition to the Altima, the Smyrna plant produces the Frontier truck, Pathfinder and Xterra sport utility vehicles and the Maxima sedan. The Canton Plant also assembles Titan full-size trucks, Armada full-size SUVs, Quest minivans and Infiniti QX56 full-size luxury SUVs.