USA – Nissan is expanding its manufacturing footprint in the the Americas with an investment of more than $5 billion in new plants and increased production volumes.

The move comes in response to strong growth opportunities and in an effort to isolate itself from volatility in global currencies.

Nissan is expanding in Mexico with a new $2 billion manufacturing complex, supplier park and quality proving ground in Aguascalientes.

During the initial development phase, the new complex will support production of up to 175,000 units annually of the carmaker’s B-platform products and complement two existing Mexican manufacturing facilities, in Aguascalientes and Cuernavaca. Construction is also in progress on a new $1.5 billion manufacturing complex in Resende, Brazil, which will have annual capacity for 200,000 V-Platform vehicles with production slated for the first half of 2014.

In addition, production of four-cylinder gasoline engines for Infi niti and Mercedes-Benz models will begin in early 2014 at an all-new Renault-Nissan Alliance powertrain plant in Decherd, Tennessee.