Nissan is forced to suspend production at its North American plants due to semiconductor supply problems that continue to affect the automotive industry.
Nissan has been forced to suspend operations at its Smyrna, Tennessee (USA) assembly plant for Rogue, Maxima and Leaf models, and has suspended production of the Murano crossover until Monday 22 March. Elsewhere, the Japanese automaker has halted a production line that is leaving Altima sedans at its Canton, Mississippi plant.
Overseas Auto News reports that Nissan has also suspended production of the Versa and Kicks at its Aguascalientes, Mexico plant until Tuesday, March 23rd.
“We continue to work closely with our supplier partners to assess the impact of supply chain issues and minimize disruptions in delivering vehicles to our dealers and customers,” said Nissan spokesman Brian Brockman.
This isn’t the first time Nissan has struggled to manufacture due to chip shortages. In early January, the company cut production of the Note model at its Oppama plant in Japan and is expected to produce 10,000 fewer vehicles in January than originally planned. Production of the Altima sedan was briefly discontinued earlier this year.
The global semiconductor shortage has been driven by a number of factors, namely increased demand for consumer electronics last year and weaker demand for new cars, forcing automakers to cut orders for chips. As demand for new cars recovered quickly, many brands were left without sufficient semiconductor supplies.
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