New Nissan Murano Means More Jobs for Canton-Area Auto Workers

Japanese auto manufacturer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., is preparing to expand production and the size of its workforce at its Canton, MS location. The Canton factory is gearing up to increase capacity by 500 workers to support production of the 2015 Nissan Murano. Production is slated to begin in the fall of 2014. 

Featuring breakthrough design and advanced technology, the Murano will join the Canton plant portfolio as the eighth model to be produced at that location. The Canton factory has grown steadily since it opened 11 years ago, including adding 2000 positions and 6 products just within the last three years. With the addition of 500 more jobs, the facility will boast a workforce over 6000 strong.

Plans to add an onsite supplier in conjunction with the Murano project suggest even more optimism over Nissan’s continued success and growth in the area, which is good news for the area’s economy and workers. Persons interested in working at Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant are encouraged to apply or contact the appropriate office for more information. Or if you’re looking to buy a car in this area, check out our Canton section.

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Will Hydrogen Fuel Cell (HFC) Vehicles Change the World? Toyota Says YES

Hydrogen fuel cell cars don’t get the same newsworthy buzz as EVs, simply because the technology seems too far away for any present-day excitement. However, that may be changing. There are at least three HFC concepts in fairly advanced stages of development, as demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year:

  • Honda FCX
  • Hyundai Tucson FCV
  • Toyota FVC

The one we know the most about is the Toyota.  Not only is an attractive piece of machinery–a rarity among alternative fuel vehicles, notwithstanding Teslas–but it will reportedly have a range of 310 miles, with a refueling time of just minutes.  Toyota senior VP Bob Carter has been sounding off on the promise this car holds, saying:

[The FVC] is really going to change our world, sooner rather than later.

Those are serious words from such a high-ranking member of Toyota management.  For this technology to really change the world, however, the price will need to be within reach of mainstream consumers.  This has proved a real challenge for other carmakers, but Toyota is now estimating that the FVC could be priced in the $30K range by the year 2020. If that is indeed the case, and a greater infrastructure of hydrogen refueling stations is creating (an enormous task in and of itself), it’s possible that, a decade from now, hydrogen cars could represent a significant percentage of the vehicles on US roads.

Mississippi (Finally) Gets a Tesla–Tesla Flag Now Has 50 Stars!

There are finally 50 stars on Tesla’s flag for there is now at least one of the American electric carmaker’s vehicles registered in each American state.

Guess which state was the last to have a Tesla registered? It was Mississippi. Second-to-last was West Virginia. In total, it only took about 18 months for Tesla to go from no cars registered anywhere to one registered in each state. This is not bad for a company selling a new technology. The Chevy Volt extended-range plug-in needed 11 months to do the same, while the childishly-named Nissan Leaf needed nearly two years to reach that milestone. 

These are good times for Tesla. Its Tesla Model is currently the best-selling plug in the nation. Last year, 22,300 of the sedans were sold with nearly 7,000 being moved in the fourth quarter.

Now back to Jackson, Mississippi. I hope this owner’s office is not all that far from his home because the closest charging station to his hometown is either in Florida or Texas. Both are states that do not share a border with Mississippi.

Of course, if you’re a Jackson resident and want to finance a car–even an electric one–we’d be happy to help.