Nissan to begin NV production Jan. 19

By The Associated Press

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it will begin production of its new 2012 Nissan NV at its expanded Canton assembly plant on Jan. 19.

The NV marks Nissan’s first venture into the commercial vehicle market in the United States. It will be aimed at commercial van customers beginning this spring through a network of Nissan commercial dealers.

Nissan performed a two-year, $118 million expansion of its Canton plant to produce the NV.

The plant opened in 2003 and currently employs 3,300 workers. The facility also produces the Nissan Altima sedan, Titan pickup and Armada SUV.