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Nissan to slash production in May due to chip shortage

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And no one wants to buy Nissan cars.

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Car sales in Japan can only decline as few death people by cars and the population is declining. Also younger generations have less interest in cars. Who can blame them. All cars with very very few exceptions are characterless, anonymous junk boxes on wheels compared to pre 1990 cars. Full of useless electronic junk

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Nissan has already received much public money since Ghosn was forced out.

we are witnessing the fall of a giant.

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Nissan is not the only carmaker having to cut back production due to a shortage of electric chips. Perhaps it is time to reconsider the practicality of locating chip making plants far away from car assembly plants.

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Nissan to slash production in May due to falling sales...

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it's just that the same old anti-Japan posters would rather see corporations in Japan roll over and die, than make it through rough weather.

I have worked for many Japanese companies and always want the best for the company which I work for., and am not anti-Japanese. However, I just can't help but gloat when Nissan fails.

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In 2020 pandemic was used as a reason, in 2021 chip shortage being used as reason. Car sales in 2021 is showing sign back to pre-pandemic, so there is no reason slowing production except if it's impacted by sales performance.

https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a36007181/new-car-sales-first-quarter-2021-strong/

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Not sure of the negative tone of the comments so far. Other than Nissan, which is basically the sick child of the industry, carmakers are making money hand over fist these days. Consumers just can't get enough trucks and SUVs, which is an extremely profitable proposition.

Still, this is certainly a long time to keep factories idle. The impact will be severe for sure.

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Pride comes before a huge thud.

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Why? It's a global company employing 130,000 people. Just because someone at the top didn't get paid what he expected and then went about covertly recovering that money, doesn't mean those employees with nothing to do with it should be impacted. Should they all quit in disgust over Nissan's handling of Ghosn? Would you lead by example by quitting your own job over some scandal at the top of the company where you work?

In the case of Nissan, yes, I would quit in disgust. (plenty of decent, hounourable Japanese companies have employed me). As I have often posted previously, Pearl Harbour tactics don't go down well in this world. The Ghosn affair has done more damage to the image of Japan than anything sinse WW2. Incidentally, Japan must do something about it's disgusting legal system.

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Nissan is very good for making excuses. Bad sales most likely the real reason.

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Alan HarrisonToday  03:45 am JST

However, I just can't help but gloat when Nissan fails.

Why? It's a global company employing 130,000 people. Just because someone at the top didn't get paid what he expected and then went about covertly recovering that money, doesn't mean those employees with nothing to do with it should be impacted. Should they all quit in disgust over Nissan's handling of Ghosn? Would you lead by example by quitting your own job over some scandal at the top of the company where you work?

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sakurasukiToday  07:16 am JST

there is no reason slowing production except if it's impacted by sales performance.

Read the article.....

"Chip shortages resulting from winter storms as well as a fire at a Japanese chip-making factory have cost the global auto industry tens of thousands of vehicles in lost production

The chip scarcity is also a result of increased demand from the consumer electronics industry as people worked from home and played more video games during the health crisis. Sanctions against Chinese technology companies have also played a role.

Many Japanese auto factories are due to be closed for nearly two weeks as part of the Golden Week holidays starting in late April."

robert maesToday  09:54 am JST

Car sales in Japan can only decline as few death people by cars and the population is declining. Also younger generations have less interest in cars. 

This is something affecting every developed nation, not just Japan. Also, companies like Toyota are bending over backwards to appeal to the younger generation with its GR lineup of cars (Supra, Yaris, 86) all of which are as "analogue" as they can be, given the strict rules governing vehicle design and safety.

Arrrgh-TypeToday  11:43 am JST

Still, this is certainly a long time to keep factories idle. 

See above. If anything, Nissan is bouncing back from the Ghosn drama. With the Leaf and Aria EVs, and the e-Power lineup they have moved a long way to offering either EVs or hybrids for their entire catalogue. It's a re-emergence.... it's just that the same old anti-Japan posters would rather see corporations in Japan roll over and die, than make it through rough weather.

bokudaToday  12:42 pm JST

we are witnessing the fall of a giant.

No we're not.

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