Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee factory has been an important part of the company's U.S. strategy, being the birthplace of many of its top-selling models in the U.S. including the Altima midsize sedan, as well as the Frontier pickup and Pathfinder and Xterra SUVs. The plant starts a whole new chapter in its history by producing its first model for the company's Infiniti luxury brand, the 2013 JX crossover.

Infiniti has been most excited for the seven-seat crossover, as the JX is expected to be a major player in the luxury crossover segment with predictions it could be a top seller for the brand. "The luxury crossover market is the fastest-growing luxury segment in America, representing a huge opportunity for Infiniti," said Infiniti Americas Vice President Ben Poore in a press release. "In fact, we expect JX to quickly become our second highest volume model, right behind the popular Infiniti G-line."

Predictions could be held true. Ever since consumers were able to put in reservations for the JX when it was unveiled in Los Angeles back in November, interest has spiked. According to Infiniti representative Kyle Bazemore, there are currently 2000 non-binding pre-orders for the JX, which is on par with what was expected. He also noted he hadn't seen as much interest in an Infiniti since the G37 Coupe that debuted back in 2009.

The JX is the first luxury vehicle to be produced in the state of Tennessee, and will be built alongside the Nissan Altima, Frontier, Maxima, Xterra, and Pathfinder at the Smryna plant, which has the capacity to produce 550,000 vehicles annually. The JX's 265-hp 3.5-liter V-6 engine will be built close by at Nissan's Decherd plant.

The JX will start at $41,400, including destination, when it goes on sale this March as a 2013 model.

Source: Nissan