Mississauga, Ontario – Nissan Americas continues to assess the operational impact of the Japanese earthquake and is taking measures to address its business needs.

Manufacturing operations in North America intend to follow a normal production schedule through to at least April 1, 2011. The company is currently studying the potential for its engine plant in Decherd, Tennessee to supply V6 engines to Japan to replace lost production from the Iwaki engine plant there, but no decisions have been made at this time.

Nissan Leaf vehicle and battery production resumed at the Oppama assembly and Zama battery plants on March 24, but the ability to sustain production will depend on a large degree on the frequency of rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages.

The company’s operations in Canada, Mexico and Brazil do not expect to be affected by any supply or production constraints at this time. In Canada, dealer stock, at-port or in-transit Nissan and Infiniti vehicles have an excess of 70 days’ supply, which the company said is “healthy stock situations and better than at the same point last year.” The company will follow a normal schedule for May ordering, with all customer and dealer vehicle orders processed without delay and no interruption in dealers’ ability to order Nissan or Infiniti vehicles.

“Our supply chain teams in Japan and America continue to work relentlessly to resolve the bottlenecks as they appear, so that our manufacturing operations have an uninterrupted activity to support market needs,” said Carlos Tavares, chairman of Nissan Americas.

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