FRANKLIN, TN - The automaker said it is notifying its Nissan and Infiniti dealers that the company will follow a normal schedule for May ordering. All customer and dealer vehicle orders will be processed without delay, and dealers will see no interruption in their ability to order Nissan or Infiniti vehicles, according to a company statement.
The automaker said its Nissan Americas operations intend to follow a normal production schedule through April 1 and that it continues to make progress in assessing the impact of the quake in Japan on its operations.
“Our supply chain teams in Japan and America continue to work relentlessly to resolve the bottlenecks as they appear, so that our manufacturing operations have an uninterrupted activity to support market needs,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman, Nissan Americas.
To address some of the supply chain challenges that have appeared in the wake of the quake, Nissan said it is studying the potential for its Derchard, Tenn. engine plant to supply VQ V-6 engines to Japan to replace production lost at its engine plant. The automaker said aftershocks are still affecting the region in Japan where its engine plant is located.
Nissan stated it resumed its LEAF vehicle and battery production on March 24 and that its production of parts for overseas manufacturing and repair will continue normally, based on parts availability from suppliers.
Overall, Nissan stated it has “brand visibility” of more than 260,000 units in dealer stock, at port, or in transit from Japan while Infiniti brand is operating with more than 35,000 units of availability.