The all-new 2013 Nissan Altima, the first of five all-new models Nissan will introduce in the next 15 months, is on the way to dealers. Nissan also began production at its second U.S. assembly plant in Canton, Miss.
By the end of this year, both plants will operate three shifts each to maximize production of the car.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also just certified the 2013 Nissan Altima as the most fuel-efficient gasoline mid-size car in America, with ratings of 27 mpg city, 38 mpg highway and 31 mpg combined, according to Nissan.
The 4-cylinder Altima, with a standard 18-gallon fuel tank, is capable of going up to 684 miles on a single tank of fuel, says the company.
“This is a huge day for the Nissan brand as we ramp up production and begin shipping the new, fuel-efficient Altimas to our dealers,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman, Nissan Americas. “The new Altima is a game-changer for the mid-size market and our dealers can’t wait to share it with our customers.”
The release of the new Altima comes in advance of the vehicle’s official on-sale date of late June, allowing Nissan dealers the opportunity to conduct test drives with potential customers.
Prices for the 2013 Nissan Altima start at $21,500 USD.