Nissan Rewards Canton With Sourcing for Next-generation Murano Crossover

   Nissan Rewards Canton With Sourcing for Next-generation Murano Crossover

- Announcement comes as company celebrates a decade of manufacturing in
Mississippi -

PR Newswire

CANTON, Miss., Jan. 10, 2013

CANTON, Miss., Jan. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Nissan today announced its Canton
Vehicle Assembly Plant has earned the sourcing contract to build the
next-generation Murano crossover, which comes as Nissan begins celebrating 10
years of manufacturing in Mississippi.

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Since it was established in 2003, the Nissan Canton facility has become a
cornerstone of Nissan's North American manufacturing operations. Over the past
decade, Nissan Canton has grown from building one model to seven, including
the award-winning Altima, the Armada full-size SUV, the Xterra mid-size SUV,
the Titan and Frontier pickup trucks and NV commercial and passenger vans.

Introduced in 2002, the Murano has stood out as one of the most distinctively
styled vehicles in its class both inside and out. As Nissan's flagship
crossover,it remains one of the company's most important vehicles. Beginning
in 2014, the Murano will be the eighth vehicle built in Canton and will
require several hundred employees for production.

The new Nissan Murano will showcase a progressive crossover design, and the
company will unveil styling cues for future Nissan crossovers on a concept
vehicle debuting at the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14.

"As we look back on ten years of manufacturing in Canton, it's become clear
throughout the Nissan network that 'Made in Mississippi' is a stamp of quality
and great people," said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. "With
the addition of this new model in Canton, Nissan is well on its way toward
meeting our goal to manufacture 85 percent of the vehicles we sell in the U.S.
right here in North America."

When the plant opened Nissan became the largest private-sector employer in the
region and has since brought even more high-skilled, well-paying jobs to the
community while maintaining a diverse workforce that has drawn employees from
80 of Mississippi's 82 counties. 

Today, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant showed support for Canton's growth
plans alongside Nissan's senior leadership, hundreds of 10-year plant
employees and members of the non-profit and faith-based communities.

"Nissan continues to exceed our expectations, and I greatly value the
contributions the company has made in Mississippi," Governor Bryant said.
"Over the last ten years, Nissan has had a tremendous economic impact on
central Mississippi, has catalyzed our state's automotive industry and has
continued to grow its Mississippi operations. I appreciate Nissan's trust in
our workforce, and I believe it led to the company's decision to produce the
new Murano in Canton, further demonstrating Mississippi's strength as a
manufacturing location."

During the past 10 years, Nissan has been a strong community partner as well.
The company has contributed more than $5 million to charitable organizations
in the Metro Jackson area. Nissan is a proud corporate citizen of the state of
Mississippi and remains committed to supporting the communities where its
employees live and work.

"A decade ago, we opened the doors of this plant and immediately became one of
the region's largest private-sector employers," said Dan Bednarzyk, vice
president of manufacturing and plant manager at Nissan Canton. "To us, that
meant we were not only providing thousands of jobs and making a long-term
investment to the state and to the region, but that Nissan was also going to
become a strong corporate partner in central Mississippi giving back and
making a difference in our communities."

For more information on Nissan's story in Mississippi, its employees and
community involvement, please visit

About Nissan

Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 248,000 employees globally, Nissan provided customers
with more than 4.8 million vehicles in 2011, generating revenue of 9.4
trillion yen ($118.95 billion US). With a strong commitment to developing
exciting and innovative products for all, Nissan delivers a comprehensive
range of 64 models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A pioneer in
zero-emission mobility, Nissan made history with the introduction of the
Nissan LEAF, the first affordable, mass-market, pure-electric vehicle and
winner of numerous international accolades, including the prestigious
2011-2012 Car of the Year Japan and 2011 World Car of the Year awards.

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 as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More
information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and
Infiniti vehicles can be found online at, or visit the Americas media sites and

For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at


Contact: Justin P. Saia, Nissan North America, Inc., Corporate Communications,
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