If the JX is succesful we should start seeing more Infinitis being manufactured in America. Lets all hope for quality control.The list of foreign companies adding jobs at their American car plants grew again on Monday, when Nissan announced plans to hire 1,000 more workers in Smyrna, Tenn.
Nissan joins Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen in announcing new jobs at American plants. Collectively, vehicles built by European and Asian automakers in North America account for three of every 10 vehicles sold in the United States, according to Autodata, Inc.
The announcement was made as the plant marked production of a new vehicle, the Infiniti JX.
JX, a crossover that seats seven passengers, has a starting price of about $41,000. It is intended to compete with Acura MDX, Audi Q7 and Buick Enclave. The Nissan plant also is adding a new version of the Nissan Pathfinder SUV.
Nissan’s Smyrna plant pre-dates all of Toyota’s ventures in the United States, including its now-defunct arrangement with General Motors in Fremont, Calif.. It opened in 1983, a year after Honda began building cars in the U.S..
The new workers will staff a second shift at Smyrna, just outside Nashville. Nissan also plans to hire another 1,000 workers at a battery plant that will supply production of the Nissan Leaf, the electric car. Leaf production is scheduled to begin at Smyrna next year.
Asian and European companies’ transplant market share has more than doubled since 1995, and has been on a more or less steady climb. In 2011, sales of North American built cars by foreign automakers reached 3.7 million, the same as in 2010.
The next goal for foreign manufacturers will be to break 4 million sales of these transplant vehicles. They came close several times during the 00s, and with the new production announcements, it is possible for them to reach that goal as soon as this year.