Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, outside of Nashville, and a short drive from the company's Franklin, Tennessee. North American headquarters, may still be the company's largest plant in the U.S., but the Canton, Mississippi, plant is a close second, and has gone from building just one vehicle when it first opened in 2003, to seven models today. The plant is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2013.
The Canton plant was originally built for the purpose of building the Titan full-size truck and Pathfinder Armada SUV. After both models failed to achieve the ambitious sales targets Nissan had projected, the company looked to diversify the product lineup produced by Canton and expanded it to include other body-on-frame pickup, van and SUV variants, and passenger cars.
The plant's core competency is body-on-frame vehicles, which include the Titan, Armada full-size SUV, the NV passenger and cargo vans, and the Xterra SUV and Frontier pickup, which the plant inherited in 2012 when the Smyrna plant went all-unibody with the switch to the 2013 Pathfinder. In addition to the truck models, Canton also builds the 2013 Altima midsize sedan and Sentra compact sedan.