Nissan Announces Plans to Build Altima Hybrid Tennessee

Kentucky takes note and considers efforts to lure hybrid component suppliers to the state.

Published: 29-May-2005

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Kentucky's efforts to lure hybrid parts suppliers may get a boost next year: Nissan may produce a gas/electric version of its Altima sedan at a plant near Nashville.

Nissan officials confirmed yesterday that they would begin making a hybrid Altima next year in either Smyrna, Tenn., or in Canton, Miss., and industry experts believe Tennessee has the edge.

Nissan is buying its hybrid technology and components from Toyota, so the parts needed for the Altima should be nearly identical to those Toyota needs to make a hybrid Camry. Toyota said last week that it would make a gas/electric Camry at its plant in Georgetown, Ky., next year.


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