With more than 917 auto suppliers and the second lowest tax burden in the nation, Tennessee is the beating heart of the southern automotive corridor.

Tennessee has been Business Facilities magazine’s top state in automotive manufacturing strength for five of the last eight years, thanks in large part to our highly trained workforce and their unwavering commitment to excellence.

Tennessee’s automotive manufacturing cluster includes three major assembly plants and automotive operations in 88 of 95 counties. Nissan’s North American headquarters is in Franklin, and its plant in Smyrna is the most productive in North America. With General Motors in Spring Hill and Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee continues to invest in training for the state’s high concentration of automotive employment, a number that’s 4.09 times the national average.

Transportation equipment is Tennessee’s top export – accounting for 22.8% of Tennessee’s total exports. In 2016, 6.7 percent of all U.S.-made cars, light trucks and SUVs were produced in Tennessee.

Automotive-related manufacturers in Tennessee include Hankook Tire, Bridgestone Americas, Calsonic Kansei, Magnetti Marelli, SL Tennessee, Denso Manufacturing, Yorozu Automotive, JTEKT, Mahle, and M-Tek.

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in automotive manufacturing strength in five of the last eight years.

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$24.1 billion

in foreign investments in Tennessee operations.


cars, light trucks, and SUVs manufactured at Tennessee plants in 2016.

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$5.8 billion

in automotive exports in 2017, an increase of 59% since 2010


automotive workers in 917 Tennessee locations.

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recent projects since 2011.


new jobs. (January 2011 - March 2018)

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most productive auto plant in North America.

Nissan Smyrna produced 645,514 cars, trucks and SUVs in 2016.


automotive parts suppliers.

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