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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Suspension extended at Nissan's Leaf plant in Japan

Nissan's goal of reaching full Leaf EV production by March has suffered a set back. Nissan’s Oppama plant, currently the only site where Nissan makes its new Nissan Leaf, is one of four that will be suspended through the weekend.

Several of Nissan’s Japanese plants were to resume operations today but will instead stay suspended through at least Sunday. Nissan reported that repairs have been started at all but one of its plants in Japan, but noted complications in arranging the delivery of parts from area suppliers. Repairs have not started at Nissan’s Iwaki engine plant, as it is located in a region still beset by aftershocks.

Nissan North America again reaffirmed that domestic manufacturing is proceeding on a normal schedule, and that 70 percent of the vehicles it sells in North America are manufactured here. With an additional 50 days’ of vehicle stock on the ground or already in transit from Japanese port, Nissan North America “does not anticipate any near-term impact on sales or vehicle availability,” according to a company statement.

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