Post Number: 6041
|Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 8:44 pm: || |
http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs .dll/article?AID=/20080407/BUS INESS01/80407056/1210/BUSINESS
The Japanese automaker says it will enter the U.S. market with three vehicles starting in the first half of 2010, all built at its plant in Canton, Miss.
"We will invest more than $118 million in creating that infrastructure and on top of that we'll obviously be investing in the vehicles themselves," said Andy Palmer, Nissan's corporate vice president, at a Monday news conference in Detroit. "This allows us to expand our capabilities using the existing workforce and capitalizes on Canton's strengths."
Nissan would not say what models it would build, but the company says they could run from pickup trucks to buses. Palmer said the vehicles will be built around U.S. needs.
"The powertrains and the vehicles are coming from the United States. They're being developed in Detroit, in Farmington Hills," Palmer said. "They're being sourced from the United States, built in the United States, sold in the United States for American customers."
Palmer said Ford, GM and Dodge commercial vehicles on the market today are "not spring chickens" and that Nissan's strategy is to "serve the customer today."
Mississippi is a right-to-work state. Just throwing that out there.
Post Number: 1114
|Posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 - 11:08 pm: || |
I recall reading recently that Alabama has added 40,000 automotive manufacturing jobs in the last 5 years.
Post Number: 2155
|Posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 - 8:18 am: || |
If Toyota ever makes an F-150 knock off (with a 4' x 8' bed) the folks in Dearborn might as well shut off the lights and go home and auction the place off.