Nissan has started production of the all-new 2013 Sentra sedan at its factory in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The Sentra has been built in Mexico since 1992, but Nissan still invested $150 million to ready the Aguascalientes plant for building the new Sentra.
As shown in the video below, the first car to roll off the production line on August 30 was a blue Sentra. Nissan workers celebrated the cars arrival with confetti, a salute of car horns, and a live orchestra. Nissan will export the 2013 Sentra from Mexico to the U.S. and Canada, and also will sell some copies in Mexico. Since 1992, the Aguascalientes factory has built more than 430,000 Sentras.
Because Nissan expects the new Sentra to be more popular than its predecessor, later this year the company will add additional manufacturing capacity at its plant in Canton, Mississippi. The Canton factory already assembles the Nissan Altima sedan, Armada SUV, Titan pickup, NV van, Xterra SUV, and Frontier pickup truck.
The 2013 Nissan Sentra goes on sale in the U.S. this fall. It wears all-new sheetmetal that is not only more stylish than the old Sentra sedan, but also brings the car in keeping with the design of the new Nissan Altima. The car is at least 150 pounds lighter than the 2012 Sentra, yet boasts more interior and trunk space thanks to better packaging. The only engine choice is a 130-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four engine. Equipped with a continuously variable transmission, the Nissan Sentra will return 30/39 mpg (city/highway). However, a special FE+ version with more aerodynamic body parts will manage 40 mpg on the highway.