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Six weeks stop for three TN models
Nissan is the latest victim of the semiconductor shortage. Three of its models produced in Tennessee will see a four-week production pause after the scheduled two-week summer break, says a new report. It’s yet more lost production as the automaker (along with most of the rest) works to juggle its best sellers and the rest of the line.
The Nissan Murano crossover, the Leaf electric hatchback, and the Maxima sedan are the three latest, according to a report from Automotive News.
That report cited sources at suppliers familiar with the problem, but Nissan declined to comment on the TN plant. The automaker did acknowledge that production of the Altima in MS would be suspended for two weeks after that plant’s scheduled summer closure.
Nissan is working to launch key all-new models including the Pathfinder SUV and the Frontier pickup as well as the Infiniti QX60 crossover.
“It’s required us to be on our toes on a day-to-day basis and work every day to understand what the supply chain looks like, what our suppliers can provide us,” Nissan US sales and marketing boss Michael Colleran told AN last month.
Last month, Nissan Makoto Uchida said in an interview with CNBC that Nissan could see the loss of as many as 500,000 units of production this year. That’s nearly half of the automaker’s US sales.
So if you’ve been waiting for a new Nissan, the wait might take a bit longer than expected. But it will be the same for nearly every automaker, which has been quickly leading to higher new and used vehicle prices in Canada and the US.a