AGUASCALIENTES, Mexico, 10 September 2014 –— Thirty-two years after the start of operations of the powertrain plant in Aguascalientes, Nissan Mexico today celebrated the production of its 10 millionth engine. Nissan Mexico marked the occasion with a ceremony headed by Renault-Nissan Alliance global director and corporate vice-president of Powertrain Production Engineering Atsushi Hirose, deputy general manager at the Powertrain Planning Department Naohiko Asai, and powertrain plant director Francisco Carbajal.
The 10 millionth engine is an HR16 model with XTronic transmission and an output of 109 hp at 6,000 rpm; it will be assembled in a Nissan Versa bound for the U.S. market.
Currently, the Aguascalientes Powertrain Plant produces seven types of engines in four different production lines, manufacturing 217 units per hour – or one every 16 seconds. The engines produced are integrated into the Sentra, Versa, March, NOTE, Tiida, Tsuru, NP300, NV200 and Livina.
The engines are distributed to Nissan plants located in Aguascalientes (A1 and A2) and CIVAC in Cuernavaca, as well as other sites worldwide.
The plant is currently preparing two extra lines to produce two new engines, including a hybrid version for the United States. This year, the Powertrain plant will produce 834,000 engines for local consumption, in addition to those used by after sales.
The powertrain plant in Aguascalientes is a benchmark for Nissan based on its continuous improvement processes and the development of internal talent, continually raising the performance level expectations of the powertrain plants worldwide.
[Source : Nissan]