A shrinking economy and an ice-cold auto market isn't hitting simply the Detroit automakers. Even Nissan Motor Corporation is finding it needs to again slash production at three Japanese assembly plants in order to remain fiscally sound.
As a result, Nissan's slowing and idling the assembly lines at both the Tochigi and Kyushu plants. The Tochigi plant is responsible for the Infinti G37, along with the Nissan Z and GT-R. The Kyushu facility builds the Murano crossover and the compact X-Trail SUV (sold in Canada, but not the U.S.). In addition, Nissan plans to eliminate four shifts at a plant in Oppama, which builds compact vehicles like the Cube, Note, and March. These cuts mark the company's second round of production adjustments in two weeks, as Nissan continues to face a large drop in global sales. The firm reported a thirty-nine percent drop in its second quarter profit, which amounted to a substantial $746 million. Nissan hopes to lower its domestic output by an additional 72,000 vehicles through March of 2009, which is in addition to a reduction of 200,000 vehicles it announced in October. Source: Detroit News