Nissan sold its first automobile in the U.S. in 1958, with U.S. manufacturing beginning in June of 1983 as a white Nissan pickup truck rolled off the assembly line at a brand new plant in Smyrna. More than 33 years later, Nissan has four U.S. manufacturing facilities capable of producing 1.14 million vehicles, 1.5 million engines, 1.4 million forgings and 475,000 castings annually.
The opening of the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant in 2003 brought automotive production to Mississippi for the first time. Since then, the plant has become a force for economic development, creating thousands of well-paying jobs. For more than a decade, the Canton team has been assembling quality, award-winning cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs. The plant has grown significantly over that time and transformed from a domestic manufacturer to a global one.
In recent years, Nissan has made strategic investments in its U.S. operations to ensure the company is able to continue to build quality vehicles that meet the growing needs of U.S. consumers. In 2015, Nissan marked a number of key U.S. milestones, including all-time records for total sales (1,484,918) and production (962,373).
Nissan Design America (NDA) began as Nissan Design International in 1979 in San Diego, established as a "satellite studio" for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. Its original mission was to provide a local perspective on the North American market and generate innovative ideas and design. After more than 35 years in operation, NDA is now a full-production automotive design studio capable of handling all phases of automotive design development, from exploratory to production.