Nissan plans to slash Japan May car output by 78% vs June last year

Nissan plans to manufacture around 13,400 vehicles next month compared with nearly 61,000 units made in May last year.
By : Reuters
| Updated on: 28 Apr 2020, 10:21 AM
File photo: As global automakers reel from plunging sales amid lockdowns imposed in many countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the hit is particularly severe for Nissan. (REUTERS)
File photo: As global automakers reel from plunging sales amid lockdowns imposed in many countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the hit is particularly severe for Nissan. (REUTERS)
File photo: As global automakers reel from plunging sales amid lockdowns imposed in many countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the hit is particularly severe for Nissan. (REUTERS)
File photo: As global automakers reel from plunging sales amid lockdowns imposed in many countries to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the hit is particularly severe for Nissan.

Japan's Nissan Motor Co Ltd plans to slash the number of cars it produces at home in May by 78% from last year, as the impact of the coronavirus shakes the troubled automaker which has already been struggling with falling sales.

As global automakers reel from plunging sales amid lockdowns imposed in many countries to curb the spread of the virus, the hit is particularly severe for Nissan, whose profitability has been deteriorating as it grapples with the turmoil that followed the ousting of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Nissan plans to manufacture around 13,400 vehicles next month, according to documents seen by Reuters, compared with nearly 61,000 units made in May last year.

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The cut represents a big hit to Nissan's plant in Kyushu, southern Japan, which the automaker plans to operate on a single shift for much of this month and all of next month, due to a lack of demand for the Rogue Sport SUV crossover model, according to the documents, which are not public.

Output will decline 70% from initial plans to build around 44,800 units.

In June, domestic production will be cut to 33,700 vehicles, a drop from around 63,700 units last year, and down 43% from a previous plan for around 59,300.

Nissan declined to comment on its production plans.

The automaker has stopped production at its plant in Tochigi, north of Tokyo, since early April, and plans to keep output suspended through the end of May. Periodic stoppages at Nissan's Oppama plant in Kanagawa Prefecture have been common since earlier this month.

(Also read: Nissan to resume production at Spanish plant, pilot safety steps in UK)

The coronavirus pandemic has piled urgency on Nissan's efforts to downsize, after two years of falling sales, deteriorating margins and depleting cash reserves has forced the company to restructure.

Nissan's management has become convinced that the company needs to be much smaller and its latest recovery plan due next month will likely assume a cut of 1 million cars to its annual sales target, senior company officials told Reuters earlier this month.

Automaking partner Mitsubishi Motors Corp, also suffering from a cut to demand for its cars, is planning to slash domestic output by nearly one-third over the next two months.

As both Nissan and Mitsubishi struggle with tanking sales, production plans show one bright spot: Nissan is planning an increase in production of the Nissan Dayz minicar model, which Mitsubishi manufactures for Nissan for the Japanese market.

First Published Date: 28 Apr 2020, 10:21 AM IST
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