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In response to a crippling parts shortage from the Japan earthquake, Nissan is idling its American and Mexican plants for 6 days.
The engine and vehicle assembly plants will be closed in April, and Nissan did not say how many of its cars will be lost. But to make up for this deficit the automaker will run its plants later this year during scheduled shutdowns, when the parts supply will be improved.
The plants affected are Nissan’s two plants in Smyrna and Decherd, Tennessee, and its factory in Canton, Mississippi. The Mexico plants in Cuernavaca and Aguascalientes will be closed for five days.
Nissan‘s Leaf electric car has been in such high demand that the company is struggling to build them fast enough. It’s stopped taking new orders just to fulfill its current demand.
Out of 27,000 total orders so far from the United States, Japan, and Europe, it has only completed 10,000. The remaining 17,000 will be pushed back to the next fiscal year in April—enough time for the Oppama, Japan plant to reach its maximum capacity. It will be able to build 50,000 Leafs by then, and would be able to take 33,000 more orders from those clamoring to ride the lightning.
Nissan wants to get their international factories going to fulfill demand, which could see the electric car built in England as well as Tennessee. One possibility could be to open new assembly lines earlier than scheduled, but Nissan is also planning a new factory that can churn out lithium-ion battery packs, which won’t be ready if they do so.
[Source: Automotive News via Carscoop]