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Don't think of the Nissan plant in Canton, Mississippi as losing the ability to produce two models, think of it as gaining the capacity to build more pickup trucks.

An article in the business publication, Nihon Keizai, reports that the Mississippi plant will cease production of both the Nissan Quest minivan and the Infiniti QX56 SUV by 2009, shifting production of the two vehicles to facilities in Japan.

As both vehicles are primarily sold in North America, it was beneficial for the automaker to produce the vehicles stateside until now. Unfortunately, slow sales of the Quest (down 28 percent so far this year) and QX56 have proven that production here in the U.S. is becoming too costly to justify and, according to the article, the plants in Japan have the ability retool and manufacture at a quicker rate.

On the bright side, no production capacity will be lost in Canton, where Nissan plans to increase truck production to meet the current manufacturing levels.

[Source: Nihon Keizai via CNN Money]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The Nissan plant in Mississippi was a political act. A guy who did not have a snowball's chance in hell running for re-election for governor announced the plant and gave away the state to get it. The workers there were ill-equipped to handle the task of build motor vehicle and it has been proven. Same problem with MB in Vance, AL, Honda in Lincoln, AL, etc. It goes to show that when Sherman and Grant defeated the deep south, it stayed defeated to this day. They were not up to the task; they just wanted to be a bunch of good old boys who drank beer, vote for bubba and go deer hunting. That is what most of that plant's employees actually do in their spare time. I know because I used to live there. I wanted more out of life and have more pride about my work.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I can understand the Quest, but the QX56 is just a rebadged Armada, which will still be made there, so where are the savings?
      • 8 Years Ago
      "What's baffling to me is that they move these models out to produce -more- trucks... Didn't Nissan lower its sales estimates for the Titan (and the related SUV's) just a month ago or so? Doesn't make sense at all."

      Sure it makes sense. It is just an excuse for them to move those vehicles back to Japan without Americans thinking that is messed up. I mean, if they are going to make more pickups (wink, wink) which American pickup owners want them assembled here then that is great. The buyers of the vehicles going back to Japan are perceived by Nissan as not giving a rats butt where their vehicle is made and they are probably correct.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Who is the artist and title track for the QX56 commercial?
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's pretty obvious that the French styling of the Quest is going over like a turd in a punch bowl here in the USA. So it makes since to move production of it somewhere else to make room for trucks that do sell. As for the QX56, its quality issues are notorious. It makes since that Nissan move the production of the QX so it doesn't want to spoil the reputation of its premium brand.
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      • 8 Years Ago
      What's the difference where they build any of them, nobody wants any of 'em. The Titan is a flop, Quest is dead in the water, the other thing looks like an old Rambler except worse.

      Better question is who are the politicians that bought this plant for Nissan and what idiots are going to vote them out. Nissan demanded huge tax breaks for "job creation', how about some huge tax tariffs for the "job un-creation"?

      And after seeing the hideous Tundra and Toyota already cutting production before it even goes on sale, how about socking those drips with the same sort of medicine?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The Canton plant has had its problems. However, I own a 2004 Titan (first year of the model AND the plant), and other than underdesigned brakes it's been bullet-proof. The brakes (rotors) have been replaced and the warranty extended on them, and have been fine since then.

      What's baffling to me is that they move these models out to produce -more- trucks... Didn't Nissan lower its sales estimates for the Titan (and the related SUV's) just a month ago or so? Doesn't make sense at all.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I wonder how much this has to do with the reliability problems of the Quest and QX56. Didn't they just send a huge team of engineers down there to see what the problem was at that plant? Maybe they found too much stuff that needed to be changed.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a 2005 model Quest and there is a reason Consumer Reports rates the car as worst in reliability. Not only is the van junk, Nissan fails to stand behind their product when you have problems. Two thumbs down for Nissan. Boo.....

        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, I am so sorry you've had a bad experience w/your Quest. I own the same year and have had only one issue and that was with the power sliding door and Nissan fixed it for free, that was after it was out of warranty. I didn't go to the dealer and ask them to fix it I called Nissan Motor's of America and opened a claim with them, they reviewed it and said they would take care of me and they did! So in my opinion Nissan Rocks!
        For the same reason you felt with your Nissan, I will never buy another Ford, they are cheaply made and they do not stand behind their product.
      • 8 Years Ago
      i have a 2004 armada and it's a lemon and a half. have continual problems with brake system, climate control and rattles. In response to the Mercedes Vance plant comment, your off base. I've seen (worked there) 75K AMG g classes tossed in the dumpster for trivial reasons. The other manufacturers fix em and push em out the door. Nissan is c-r-a-p. I'd buy an american built mercedes any day (if i had the cash of course)
      • 8 Years Ago
      If you take away 3 of Nissan's Canton-made vehicles, Nissan would have finished 5th in the last JD Power IQS survey. All of the Tennessee cars and trucks and all of the Japanese built vehicles were above average in their segment.

      Canton's quality is sapping the reputation of an otherwise solid manufacturer.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe if the Quest didn't look like a space shuttle and the QX56 didn't look like it has down syndrome they would sell more. I'm sorry Nissan, but those vehicles are both ugly as %!#&.
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