• Jan 20, 2009

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If there were ever a sign of these troubled times in the automobile industry, this is it. The photo you're looking at was taken recently at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, the largest car plant in the United Kingdom and the most productive in Europe. Well, it may be productive, but with supply outpacing demand, Nissan has apparently been left with too much stock. The factory's parking lots are overfilled, so they've begun parking cars on the facility's test track. Of course, that means Nissan can't use the track to test new cars, but if nobody's buying them, that ought to be the least of their worries. Click on the image above to view in full. Thanks to Hammad for the tip.

[Source: The Guardian via japancarblog.com | Photo: Nigel Roddis/Reuters]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      From the looks of it, I'm pretty sure that's Nissan's way of making a crop-circle pattern to attempt contact with the aliens, judging by the peculiar ways the vehicles were placed on the test track.


      The aliens are probably the only ones right now with very good credit ratings.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just out of interest, surely in these situations these cars are just left with the keys in the vehicle? Sure temptation for a plucky thief who thinks he can somehow escape the storage compound's security? :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        i really doubt they leave the keys in the cars. and even if they did there is most likely plenty of security to get past to even get in, let alone drive away with a car
        • 5 Years Ago
        What If i wanted to buy one of the cars in the middle of the 3 car wide "groups"?

        They would have to start and move 20 cars to get to one. lol. this makes me giddish.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow... http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/gallery/2009/jan/16/unsold-cars?picture=341883549

      And you people clearly don't know much about supply and demand. The auto industry has grown very large over the years due to strong demand for auto's. This required lots of new plants and workers... so when the economy all of a sudden turns on a dime and goes into freefall, said companies who spent millions investing in new factories cannot respond very easily. Pretty much the only thing they can do is have temporary shut-downs and lay off workers. Some of you experts should realize this.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, the bigger the company the less nimble and able they can react to market fluctuations - and this is one hell of a fluctuation. If they scaled back and demand went up sharply people would be pissing and moaning about there not being enough cars.... though I'm sure Nissan and company would be much more willing to fix THAT problem.

        I'm pretty sure the people running the auto companies know a thing or two more about business/economics than me (even if it doesn't seem like it ALL the time...).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am 100% expertised in the subject which is at discussion. I realized the "this" that you`re talking about. I repeat that I am 100% certified.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't new...I remember going to Mazda in Flat Rock and seeing the test track there filled with Mustangs and 6s. Or landing in Detroit you see Jeeps and Rams parked for miles....this is not Auto Blog worthy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or is that second photo full of 03 Accords and TSXs? Can't blame that one on the current economy...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the auto companies should scrap unsold inventory. There's no way they'll sell it in this economic fiasco. Might as well recoup their investment some other way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take the one in the middle...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Surely there must a a way to sacrifice these cars to a god of sorts. It worked in the past with human sacrifices,right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      bad times
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The factory's parking lots are overfilled, so they've begun parking cars on the facility's test track. Of course, that means Nissan can't use the track to test new cars..."

        Well, they're ALL on the test tracks anyways...for now, just test the engine starters one after the other. :p
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's called supply and demand, it is taught in Business 101. Auto manufacturers should learn it someday.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The one unfortunate part with supply and demand is that sometimes its much cheaper to build a backlog then it is to start up and shutdown and then restart an assembly line. The more widgets you send down the line, the lower your production costs are.
        • 5 Years Ago
        NT, you're not making sense. You say supply & demand isn't taught as part of business theory, but is taught as part of economics; then you claim business theory is based on economics.

        If the latter is true then the former cannot be, and vice versa.

        Say hello to set theory, chump.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, that would be economics. Business theory is based on economics, not the reverse.

        Meaning, that given the perfect business plan, if the economics crumble, the business plan it is based on, will shortly thereafter also fall.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So true my friend. But, the auto industry hasn't followed the standard business model for some time anyhow....

        A stunning picture none the less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how long it would take for them to realize one of their brand new 370Z's was replaced with a beater Civic?

      I could put black tape all over it and disguise it as the GT-R sedan test mule. =P
      • 5 Years Ago

      Geez...that's not good at all. Did you look at the other 9 pictures in the slideshow?

      It's happening to every mfg out there. I don't see how they will ever sell through all this inventory.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Theres way more than 10 sites like this, 100 pictures would be easy.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ship some of the surplus Qashqai's over here to the US. I'd gladly buy one over the Rogue.
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