Nissan Looks to Stem the Flow in Japan, Eyes Production Changes in America

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
nissan looks to stem the flow in japan eyes production changes in america

Still sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic in North America and suffering from supply chain and demand issues in its Japanese home base, Nissan is prepared to stem domestic output by 70 percent in May, Reuters reports.

The unconfirmed production cut won’t be a single-month affair, either. On this side of the Pacific, it seems Nissan brass want birds of a feather to flock together, with possible changes incoming at the automaker’s two American vehicle assembly plants.

But back to that domestic situation. As demand in Europe and North America dwindles amid severe and widespread lockdown orders, Nissan’s Japanese manufacturing capacity finds itself grossly oversized for the job at hand. Feeding the Japanese market can be accomplished with a fraction of the output. Hoping to avoid a scenario like that seen with Hyundai, documents seen by Reuters show the automaker will cut production by 70 percent in May and 43 percent in June.

In this continent, changes could be afoot at the company’s Mississippi and Tennessee assembly plants. Citing supplier sources, Automotive News claims Nissan wants to move around a couple of models. The Murano would move from its current home at Canton Assembly to Smyrna Assembly, where it would find a place alongside the Rogue and Pathfinder. While the automaker was expected to consolidate Altima production at one site (Canton), sources now say that plan’s on hold due to the unexpected arrival of COVID-19 and all its baggage.

A Nissan spokesperson did not confirm the report, saying only that the company regularly studies a number of scenarios related to production efficiency.

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  • Art Vandelay Art Vandelay on Apr 27, 2020

    Wonder if they are shifting product in anticipation of shutting one down.

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    • Oberkanone Oberkanone on Apr 27, 2020

      Not shutting down, selling. At least that was a scenario in February before Pandemic. & not just selling the facility, selling the full size truck and van program. Buyer is in capital conservation mode now.

  • Legacygt Legacygt on Apr 28, 2020

    Is this a more engaging drive than a Mazda CX-9? The CX-9 has pros and cons but if you care about a degree of sportiness and engagement, it probably beats the MDX. It's top trim levels may also be more luxurious for several thousand less. And if all you care about is the drive, you can get a lower trim level for $20K less.

  • ToolGuy VW (marque not group) and Tesla very nearly switched positions on a YTD basis.
  • RHD Inexpensive gasoline appears to be a thing of the past. ILO is correct - we have enough sunlight, wind and emerging ocean wave energy to power the entire country and then some. Clean air is nice, and being free of the whims of OPEC, geopolitics and hugely profitable oil companies will do all of us a world of good.
  • Raymond Segura Can you tell me where I can get the rear bumper for 69 impala?
  • Art Vandelay some of the crazy numbers I get. Percentages look bigger with any fluctuations with low volume makes and brands leaving the market will see massive month over month changes. But what’s with Buick? I still see the occasional ad on TV and yet the drop is disproportionate even compared to all the other GM brands.
  • Master Baiter "There is no mandate for consumers to buy EVs, not in any country or state. That’s made up."Right. And you are not mandated to purchase a toilet that only uses 1.6 gallons/flush. You could choose to not have a toilet--just go in the woods, like the bears do.
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