The 2016 Nissan Maxima saw its big debut at the end of the brand's 90-second Super Bowl commercial this year. However, we didn't get the full details about the latest generation of the model marketed as the four-door sports car until the recent New York Auto Show. Now just a few weeks later, the sedans are rolling down the assembly line in Smyrna, TN, and they should hit the road this summer.
"Today's launch of
the all-new Maxima is the beginning of an exciting year for Nissan's US
lineup, with new versions of the Altima, Sentra and Titan due later this
year," John Martin, Nissan's senior vice president for manufacturing,
supply chain management and purchasing, said in the production
announcement. The sedan's revised 3.5-liter V6 is also made in Tennessee
at Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Plant.
The 2016 Maxima certainly
looks different than other mainstream sedans with its prominent V-shaped
grille, slashing headlights and floating roof. Prices start at $32,410,
plus $825 for destination. For that, customers get a 300-horsepower V6
that's connected to what Nissan claims is a "performance-oriented" CVT.
The latest model is also estimated to get 30 miles per gallon on the
Nissan's Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant continues its
reign as the top-producing automotive plant in North America, as Gov.
Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Economic and
Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd joined plant employees to
celebrate the start of production for the all-new 2016 Nissan Maxima.
Nissan came to Tennessee more than 30 years ago, there were almost no
auto jobs in the state," said Alexander. "Three decades later, about
one-third of our manufacturing jobs are auto related, auto suppliers
have located in 80 counties, and our family incomes are higher. I want
to thank Nissan for providing opportunities for thousands of talented
The first U.S.-assembled Maxima rolled off the
assembly line in Smyrna in January 2003. Since then, Nissan has produced
nearly 800,000 Maxima sedans at the plant, with more than 60,000
shipped to markets worldwide. Maxima is one of six models currently
built at the Smyrna plant and is assembled on the same line as the
Altima midsize sedan and all-electric Nissan LEAF. Maxima's new
3.5-liter, VQ-series V6 engine is also assembled in Tennessee at
Nissan's Decherd Powertrain Plant.
"With today's launch, Nissan
and Tennessee begin another chapter in their long and successful
partnership defined by high quality vehicles and the innovation of its
workforce," said Haslam. "We want to thank Nissan for continuing to
invest here, helping build Tennessee's reputation as a leading
automotive manufacturing state."