This week marks a big landmark for Nissan. The automaker is celebrating the completion of its 10 millionth engine produced at the Decherd Powertrain Plant in Tennessee. The 10 millionth engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is headed to the Smyrna plant where it will power a new Nissan Altima.
Nissan gives the credit to its workforce saying that it is proud of its employees and the Decherd plant for completing this milestone in only 19 years. Gary Edwards, vice president of Nissan’s U.S. Powertrain Operations and Battery Plant, says that it is partially because of the dedicated workers that Nissan has been so successful in North America.
The 2.5-liter four-cylinder is the same engine that is used in both the Altima and the Rogue. These two vehicles are Nissan’s best-selling vehicles in North America with Altima taking the top slot and Rogue the second.
The 2016 Altima starts at $22,500. It gets 182 horsepower from the 2.5-liter engine. Nissan brags that it gets a ‘best-in-class’ estimated highway mpg of 39. City mpg is rated at 27. The engine is paired to Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The dash features an Advanced Drive-Assist display that displays everything from calls to navigation on a 4.3-inch screen located in the middle of the instrument cluster. It is also noteworthy that the 2016 model is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+.
Nissan reports that Rogue sales topped 287,000 in the U.S. alone last year. The 2016 model starts at $23,290. It gets 170-horsepower and 175 lb-ft torque from the 2.5-liter engine. It uses Xtronic CVT to help it get an estimated fuel economy of 26 city and 33 highway mpg. It also features the Advanced Drive-Assist display in the dash. It is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
The Decherd plant opened in 1998 and produced 162,000 engines that year. Last year that number reached 964,000. The plant employs over 1,600 employees who make four-, six-, and eight- cylinder engines. The production rate is an average of one engine completed every 19 seconds. The plant also creates the electric motors used in the Nissan Leaf.