DECHERD, Tenn. – Class is officially in session at the new Nissan regional training center in Decherd, Tennessee, where manufacturing employees are learning skills needed to build engines for future Nissan vehicles. One of its first major projects was readying employees to assemble the ‘heart of the next-generation Frontier’— an all-new, powerful 3.8-liter direct injection V6 engine debuting on the 2020 Nissan Frontier.
Nissan’s investment reinforces its commitment to developing employees skilled in using advanced manufacturing technology. The Nissan Decherd Regional Training Center is a 21,000 square-foot facility located within the existing Nissan powertrain assembly complex. It has 13 training areas with capacity to train nearly 200 employees simultaneously in the areas of powertrain production, engineering and maintenance.
“The programs offered at the Decherd training center proved to be an integral part of bringing the all-new V6 engine to life,” said Brian Sullivan, vice president, powertrain operations, Nissan North America, Inc. “The hardworking team at Decherd Powertrain is thrilled to power the 2020 Frontier for customers.”
2020 Nissan Frontier
The 2020 Nissan Frontier, which marks the last model year of the current generation, will feature best-in-class 310 horsepower1while also providing improved fuel economy and emissions performance. With a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine and 9-speed automatic transmission, the versatile 2020 Frontier focuses on the needs and demands of truck owners in the U.S.
The 2020 Nissan Frontier will go on sale in spring 2020. Nissan also announced the same powertrain will be used in the all-new next generation Frontier to be assembled in Canton, Mississippi.
Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant
Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant is one of the highest-volume powertrain plants in the U.S., with capacity to assemble 1 million engines annually. The plant employs 1,700 people and has assembled nearly 14 million engines since opening in 1997.
Nissan Decherd currently assembles engines for Nissan and INFINITI vehicles including Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Pathfinder, Frontier, TITAN and INFINITI QX60.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and INFINITI vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com and www.infinitiusa.com, or visit the U.S. media sites nissannews.com and infinitinews.com.
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