Nissan North America is feeling the pain due top the novel corona-virus They announced that production in its U.S. facilities will be halted beginning March 20 through April 6, 2020.
According to Motor1.com, an automotive online magazine an official media advisory is an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19, which has reached more than 7,500 cases as of this writing.
The Nissan U.S. plants, located in Smyrna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi, are home to manufacturing most of the Nissan’s passenger and utility vehicles – from the Altima midsize sedan to the Titan full-size pickup truck.
In line with this, Nissan said that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus at any Nissan facility. Essential parts of the business will continue to operate, according to the announcement.
Earlier in January of this year Nissan Motor Co. began offering a voluntary separation packages to many of its U.S. employees. Nissan cites that the cost-cutting efforts is due to slower sales.
The automaker wouldn’t say how many workers would be affected. The offers are being made to factory and white-collar workers over the age of 52.
The Japanese automaker U.S. sales were down nearly 10% last year. The Nissan brand is down 8.7% and its Infiniti luxury brand off 21.1%.
Analysts expect total Nissan U.S. auto sales to be reduced this year.
Back in January, Nissan made its U.S. workers to take two unpaid furlough days. The company has more than 20,000 U.S. employees. Most of the employees are mostly at its U.S.are at factories in Smyrna, Tennessee, Canton, Mississippi, at their headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee and at their technical center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.