If you drive a Nissan or Infiniti, whether it’s a Versa sub-compact, Sentra econobox, midsize Altima, upscale Maxima, massive Armada, luxury QX60, or any one of dozens of other models, including an iconic sports car like the 370Z or the $100K GT-R supercar, chances are most of its journey to the dealership occurred in a Union Pacific motor vehicle train.
Motor vehicle transportation is particularly sensitive to L&D (Loss & Damage), and the railroads, along with carbuilders and load-securement device suppliers, work closely with manufacturers to provide secure, damage-free transportation*.
Nissan has recognized UP for providing best-in-class service with a 2018 Nissan North America Logistics Value to Customers Award “for providing transportation solutions supporting a new model launch and its Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts last summer.”
“Union Pacific employees stepped up and provided creative solutions to help Nissan maintain important customer commitments,” said Jason Hess, Union Pacific Vice President-Premium. “We will continue focusing on providing an excellent experience and finding new ways to help customers win in their marketplaces.”
UP is the largest automotive carrier west of the Mississippi River, transporting more than 70% of western U.S. rail automotive shipments. It operates or directly accesses more than 40 distribution centers, all six Mexico gateways, and West Coast and Mexican ports.**
*With the assistance of TTCI (Transportation Technology Center Inc.), the Association of American Railroads Technical Services Damage Prevention & Loading Services (DP&LS) group conducts Quality Reviews at motor vehicle loading and unloading facilities to evaluate performance and conditions based on industry standards. Measurements during Quality Reviews are provided in the areas of equipment maintenance and placement, vehicle handling, vehicle loading/unloading procedures, and vehicle securement. Evaluation criteria are based on industry standards as published in the AAR Multi-Level Manual. Composite results measure overall performance trends and are part of industry scorecards. The DP&LS team provides on-site training for vehicle loaders, unloaders, and equipment maintenance personnel. These training sessions are comprised of classroom instruction and hands-on experience. The DP&LS group supports the railroad and automotive industry’s initiative to improve rail transportation of motor vehicles. DP&LS work with the railroads’ Multi-Level Pooling Executive Policy Committee (MPEC) and the auto manufacturers’ Automotive Industry Logistics Steering Committee (AILSC). See https://www.aar.com/standards/damage-prevention-auto.html for more information.
** Nissan Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., (NMEX), was established in 1961 as an importer and distributor of Datsun vehicles. In 1966, NMEX became the first Japanese-owned automobile production facility in North America. Since then, the company has exported more than 5 million vehicles, including the Sentra and Versa for North America. Today, with an annual vehicle manufacturing capacity of more than 800,000, NMEX’s three manufacturing facilities produce vehicles, engines and other parts for global distribution, making it Mexico’s largest car manufacturer and exporter in the country. Nissan has several manufacturing facilities in the U.S.: Smyrna and Decherd, Tenn., and Canton, Miss. The Smyrna Plant produces the Nissan Altima, Maxima, LEAF, Rogue, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60. The Canton plant produces the Nissan Altima, Frontier, Titan, Murano and NV Cargo and Passenger Vans.