Nissan Stops Car Production in USA and Mexico

Nissan Motor Co. said Friday it will suspend part of its production in the United States and Mexico later in the month for about a week due to a possible delay in parts supply in the wake of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

It follows similar moves by two other major Japanese automakers — Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co., which have already cut back on production or partially suspend manufacturing operations in North America.

According to Nissan, two assembly plants in Tennessee and Mississippi will suspend operations for a total of six days — on April 8, 11 and 18-21, while two plants in Mexico will halt production for five days — one on April 4-8 and the other on April 11-15.

”This optimization of the production schedule will accommodate parts shipments still in transit from Japan and ensure minimal disruptions to planned operations,” it said in a statement.

Meanwhile, U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co. has also decided to suspend operations at its factory in Kentucky for five days from Monday, the U.S. media reported. It will be the first time for Ford to have suspended production in the United States due to the disaster in Japan, although it has already decided to halt production in Belgium following the catastrophe. (PNA/Kyodo)

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