Shared Infiniti-Mercedes Turbo Engine Built In Tennessee

June 26, 2014, will mark the official start of production for the new Decherd Powertrain Plant, a partnership between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler AG.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Infiniti Motor Company President Johan de Nysschen and Gary Edwards, vice president, Powertrain Operations and Battery Plant, are expected to preside over the Opening Celebration activities.

Infiniti said the first engine assembled at the all-new facility will be a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline 4-cylinder.

The engines will initially be used in European versions of the Infiniti Q50 sports sedan and in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class assembled in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Once production has ramped up, full annual capacity will be of 250,000 engines.

“The opening of this new powertrain facility is an important step for Infiniti. It is the first step of our manufacturing expansion that will include the start of vehicle production in China later this year and in Europe next year,” said de Nysschen.

Construction of the ground-up $319 million, 310,000-square foot facility began in May 2012. Infiniti added it incorporates a number of energy efficient design features, such as a heat-reflecting white roof and natural daytime lighting through use of a skylight grid.

“In this new state-of-the-art facility we are building on 17 years of powertrain experience here in Decherd – taking the best quality standards from Japan and Germany and combining those with our highly skilled U.S. workforce,” added Edwards. “Our team can’t wait to get started.”