Nissan’s next home for numerous compact, B-Platform vehicles will soon enough be open for business. Located south of Aguascalientes, Mexico, the assembly plant is scheduled to begin operations at the end of 2013. At that time, the large facility will have the ability to pump out 175,000 vehicles a year while in its initial, Phase 1 mode. In order to keep the cars flowing, the new plant will employ 3,000 new direct workers and gain approximately 9,000 indirect jobs along the way.
“The magnitude of Nissan’s commitment to this new automotive complex is without par. With this investment, we will be able to increase our manufacturing capacity from over 600,000 units per year, to more than 800,000 units by the close of 2013,” said Armando Ávila, vice president of Manufacturing at Nissan Mexicana. While the first stone was just set for the new plant, this isn’t the first time Nissan has worked inside Mexico. The brand has been associated with the country since the late 1950s and in 1982, Aguascalientes received its first Nissan plant. When the new complex is complete, it will stand 2.5 times larger than the previous facility and will go through multiple phases so that it can continue to grow.
“And this is only Phase 1,” said Ávila.
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