Statement regarding status of Japanese earthquake and impact on NISSAN Americas operations

March 14, 2011 – Following the earthquake in Japan on March 11 Nissan Americas has been working around-the-clock with its teams in Japan and abroad to assess the status of its employees and the impact on its operations.

Facilities/Production

  • All Nissan Americas manufacturing facilities remain operational and will continue normal production schedules until further notice.
  • In total six of Nissan’s facilities in Japan have reported some damage to their buildings or equipment.
  • Nissan’s Tochigi and Iwaki plants will suspend operations until Friday, March 18.
  • Nissan’s Oppama, Kyushu, Shatai and Yokohama plants will suspend operations until Wednesday, March 16.

Vehicle Stock / Sales Impact

  • Nearly 70 per cent of the vehicles Nissan Americas sells in the region are produced in the region and manufacturing operations are continuing to operate on a normal schedule.
  • In general Nissan Americas is operating with a sufficient days’ supply of vehicle stock on the ground in the region or already in transit from Japanese ports.
  • Some Canada and U.S.-bound vehicles at the Port of Hitachi, Ibaraki Prefecture and other vehicles stored at the Miyagi Service Center (Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture) were damaged due to the earthquake and/or tsunami.
  • Some Infiniti models and Nissan GTR and 370Z may experience delays in shipment to Canada and the U.S., with full impact still being assessed.
  • A shipment of more than 600 Nissan LEAF’s destined for the U.S. left port in Japan on March 10, just prior to the earthquake, and will arrive as scheduled. Future impact, if any, on the Nissan LEAF supply continues to being assessed.