Like other OEMs, Nissan is having to calibrate output levels to depleted global vehicle demand due to COVID-19 impacts
Nissan is to make further production cuts in Japan due to COVID-19 impacts on global vehicle demand. Nissan said it will cut production at its three Japanese manufacturing facilities – Oppama, Tochigi and Kyushi – with new production suspensions planned on dates from June 29 through July 31.
It follows similar production suspensions in May and earlier this month.
At Nissan’s Kyushu plant night shift vehicle production will be suspended on the second production line on June 29 and 30. Also at Kyushu, night shift vehicle production will be suspended on the first production line from July 20 to 31, and on the second production line from July 1 to 31.
At the Oppama plant vehicle production will be suspended on July 20 and 27.
At the Tochigi plant vehicle production will be suspended on July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 23 and 24.
The latest move from Nissan reflects weak demand for Nissan products at home and in major export markets. It is unsurprising given how far demand has fallen due to the COVID-19 crisis. Global light vehicle sales fell 33.8% in May to 4.9 million from 7.5 million a year ago and in Japan, the vehicle market plunged 45% in May.
GlobalData’s base COVID-19 light vehicle sales scenario forecasts a fall of 17.2% on 2019 to 73.7 million sales in 2020. The hit to the market will be greater than the 2007/8 financial crisis.
All major automakers in Japan have made significant production cuts in previous months, including Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mazda, Suzuki, Daihatsu and Mitsubishi, in response to plunging global demand and measures introduced by the Japanese government to help prevent the local spread of the disease.