Tennessee. State of Tennessee. TN. state impacts global automakers.



  • $12.3 billion invested


  • 703,324 vehicles produced in 2018
  • $7.9 billion purchased from U.S. suppliers


  • 193 international nameplate dealerships
  • 148,442 new vehicles registered in 2018
  • 55% market share of new vehicle registrations in Tennessee


123,205 total jobs generated in Tennessee
  • 15,842 direct employment
  • 11,055 dealership jobs
  • 96,315 other indirect employment
$8.4 billion total employee compensation
  • $642 million dealership employee compensation
  • $7.8 billion in direct and other indirect employee compensation
  • Without the operations and related activities of international automakers and auto dealers in the U.S., the unemployment rate in Tennessee would be 3.2% - far higher than the 7% official rate.


The economic activity of international automaker's in Tennessee generated:
  • $1.2 billion in state and local tax receipts and other revenues
  • $2 billion in federal tax receipts and other revenues for the federal government

International Automakers' Vehicles
Made in Tennessee

International automakers have put down deep roots in America and over the past 50 years have become a significant and integral part of the U.S. economy. As a result, the entire American auto industry is stronger and more competitive in the global marketplace.

Infiniti QX60
Infiniti QX60*
Nissan Altima
Nissan Altima*
Nissan LEAF
Nissan LEAF*
Nissan Maxima
Nissan Maxima*
Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder*
Nissan Rogue
Nissan Rogue*
Volkswagen Atlas
Volkswagen Atlas*
Volkswagen Passat
Volkswagen Passat*
*Exported from America

Vehicle Sales in Tennessee

International Automakers sold 57% of the green vehicles in Tennessee in 2018
International Automakers sold 148,442 new vehicles in Tennessee last year
International Automakers' share of vehicle sales in Tennessee was 55% last year

Sources: The 2018 Global Automakers and AIADA Economic Impact Survey, AIADA’s membership roster, NADA DATA, WardsAuto InfoBank, IHS Markit Vehicle Registration Data, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute 1998 study prepared for the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (AIAM). Automobile manufacturers participating in the 2018 Global Automakers and AIADA Economic Impact Survey: BMW Group, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen Group, and Volvo Cars.

Indirect economic impacts derived by SCOUT Economics using direct employment, dealer employment, and auto parts employment multipliers from the IMPLAN input-output model. 116 Unemployment rates based on February 2019 Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force from Bureau of Labor Statistics.

International Automakers' Presence in Tennessee

  • Dealerships
  • Honda Parts Distribution Center - Loudon
  • Dealerships
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Jaguar Land Rover
  • Land Rover South Eastern Parts Distribution Center - Memphis
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  • Dealerships
  • Dealerships
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Mitsubishi Motors
  • Dealerships
  • Infiniti Americas - Franklin
  • Nissan North America - Franklin
  • Infiniti Decherd Powertrain Plant - Decherd
  • Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant - Decherd
  • Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant and Battery Plant - Smyrna
  • Nissan Service Training Center - Franklin
  • Nissan Parts Distribution Memphis Low Volume Center - Memphis
  • Nissan Parts Redistribution Center - Mt. Juliet
  • Nissan Customer Resource Center - Murfreesboro
  • Nissan Field Quality Center - Smyrna
  • Nissan Hangar - Smyrna
  • Nissan Central Collision Center - Lebanon
  • Dealerships
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  • Toyota Bodine Aluminum, Inc. - Jackson
  • Toyota Financial Services District Sales and Service Office - Franklin
  • Dealerships
  • Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant - Chattanooga
  • Volkswagen North American Engineering and Planning Center - Chattanooga
  • Volkswagen Regional Distribution Center - Lenoir City
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