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Published: Thursday, 7/21/2011 - Updated: 4 years ago

Nissan to build motors for Leaf in Tennessee


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Nissan Motors will build motors for the electric Leaf vehicle at its engine plant in Decherd, Tenn., starting in early 2013 as the automaker expands production.

The plant will make up to 150,000 electric motors a year. It makes engines and components for Nissan vehicles built in North America, and also houses engine casting and forging operations. New production at the site will be added to production in Japan, company spokesman Steve Parrett said. He said locating the work at Decherd is not related to the March disaster in Japan.

More than 4,000 Leafs have been delivered to U.S. customers.

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