The deadly coronavirus (now renamed as Covid-19) has not only just affected people, it has also adversely impacted trade and industry as well. Even the automotive sector has been hit by the deadly outbreak. Honda and Toyota for instance have closed their plants in Wuhan, and automakers are bracing for supply shortages as there are those who source their parts from China.
One of the many automakers feeling the strain is Nissan, and the impact of this virus has reached their home base as well. Nissan has released a statement on this matter, and have announced that they will be suspending production in their Kyushu plant in Kanda Town, Fukuoka. They are the first automaker to temporarily halt vehicle production in Japan due to the current situation in China.
"Due to supply shortages of parts from China, Nissan Kyushu in Japan will carry out temporary production adjustments on Feb. 14 and 17," said Nissan in a statement. Come the 17th, the plant will be idled until further notice.
The impact on production will be significant on Nissan. Vehicles assembled in the Kyushu plant include the X-Trail (Rogue in North America), Serena, and Note just to name a few. With the Rogue (X-Trail) being Nissan's top-selling model in North America, this temporary stoppage will surely affect their sales tally this year.
As a result, approximately 3,000 units will be affected by the temporary halting at the very least. The Kyushu plant rolls out over 500,000 units annually, making it one of the more significant and important assembly lines for the Japanese automaker. With that, it is possible that Nissan will be looking for other sources for parts manufacturing, much like what Honda did recently.
Nissan also suspended production in Wuhan, much like most automakers who have assembly lines in China. "We take the health and safety of our employees, dealers and suppliers and their families seriously. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and the well-being of our employees, dealers and suppliers in Wuhan and in China, while keeping them informed and protected by providing them with all necessary support and precautionary tools", said Nissan.
In response to this crisis, Nissan has pledged 5 million Yuan (Php 36,273,953 at current exchange rates) and will be donating 100,000 masks to the region in order to help fight the virus and protect the people of the affected region.
With Nissan Philippines Inc (NPI) sourcing X-Trail units from Japan, customers that have ordered a unit may have to wait longer for their vehicle to arrive.