Nissan's American V8 to be exported to Japan
Nissan's V8 will be used in the Infiniti QX56 and Nissan
Patrol, together with America's Nissan Titan and Armada.
22nd September, 2009
A Nissan plant in USA has commenced production of engines
for the Infiniti QX56 which will be manufactured in Japan. The engine also power the American
manufactured Nissan Titan and Armada.
Nissan’s powertrain assembly plant in Decherd, Tennessee, recently manufactured the first engine that
will be exported to Japan for assembly in the next-generation Infiniti QX56 luxury full-size sport
utility vehicle. This marks the first time a Nissan plant in the United States has exported an engine to
“For 12 years, technicians at Nissan’s Decherd plant have consistently built high-quality engines
for vehicles assembled in the United States,” said Rick Youngblood, director and plant manager,
Nissan - Decherd. “This confirms our ongoing commitment to quality and provides tremendous
satisfaction knowing this engine will be in an Infiniti vehicle made in Japan and sold around the
The engine is a 5.6-litre, V8 with 320 hp and 393 lb-ft. of torque. It is similar to the engine
currently offered in the Nissan Titan utility and Armada full-size SUV. Nissan’s Decherd plant is
manufacturing the engine head, cylinder block and crankshaft for the V8 engine. The head, cylinder block
and crankshaft also will be exported to Japan and used for an engine assembled in the Nissan Patrol
full-size 4x4 vehicle.
“The V8 engine built in Decherd has played a key role in the success of our full-size product
line-up in North America,” said Gary Edwards, director of Engineering. “It’s exciting to know the
technicians and the engine and parts they build will play an important part in the future of Nissan on a
Nissan’s decision to export the engine was based largely on the Decherd plant’s competitive ability
to produce the engine for the world market. In addition, tooling is already in place at the Decherd
facility avoiding a transition period required to move and install the manufacturing equipment in Japan.
The engine will be shipped to Nissan’s Shatai Kyushu Manufacturing Plant where it will be assembled
in the QX56. The engine head, cylinder block and crankshaft will be sent to a Nissan plant in Yokohama,
Japan where it will be assembled and put in the Nissan Patrol.