Nissan posted just 201 US sales last year
Costs and raw materials will keep supplies tight in 2023
Nissan’s Ariya EV was tough to find last year, and that’s not going to change in 2023. The automaker warned dealers at a national conference this week that supplies of the electric crossover would be limited this year as well.
The Nissan Ariya was set to go on sale in 2021 but was already pushed back more than a year because of ongoing microchip shortages. It went on sale late last year in the US, but only around 200 of the electric vehicles were delivered to dealers.
During a meeting at NADA over the weekend (via Automotive News), the automaker warned its dealers that high battery costs as well as availability could limit the number of units of the electric SUV.
“Why can’t we produce the Ariya in any acceptable volume?” a dealer asked AN, expressing his frustration and requesting he not be identified. “Customers are walking in saying, ‘I’m sold, let me buy one,’ ” the dealer said. “But we can’t tell them when it’s coming.”
Nissan wouldn’t say how many Ariyas were bound for the US, but AN cites sources as saying around 6,000 were expected between last year and March 31 2023. Around 30,000 are expected in Nissan’s fiscal 2023, running April 1 2023-March 31 2024.