• Apr 20, 2010
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The wrath of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano continues. Airlines are just now beginning to get brave enough to test the skies after airborne ash put a stop to all flights last week, and today there are new reports of volcanic activity putting everyone on notice. And while the volcano has left plenty of travelers stranded across Europe, the eruption is having a widespread impact on the manufacturing sector, too. Case in point: The Wall Street Journal reports that Nissan is suspending production at its plants in Fukuoka and Kanagawa. The reason? The Japanese plants use pneumatic sensors produced in Ireland that are delivered by aircraft, and that whole 'just-in-time' production methodology apparently doesn't jibe all that well with Icelandic ash.

If you've been anxiously waiting delivery of your new Nissan Cube, Murano or Rogue, odds are you're probably okay – for now. But all three models use the sensor in question, and as such, are facing production delays. The company doesn't know when the plants will be able to resume production, but odds are it will depend on when Iceland's volcano stops wreaking havoc on Europe's airspace.



[Source: The Wall Street Journal]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Top gear did it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope the lava doesn't swarm the plant and melt every last cube and all it's tooling into a molten puddle of metal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The cube reminds me of Timmy on south park.

      http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/files/images/Timmy.gif
      • 4 Years Ago
      There are rumours emerging that Iceland deliberately engineered the volcanic eruption...

      http://tiny.cc/4qdl1
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's weird to me how JDM is used to mean everything now. It is for vehicles for the Japanese Domestic Market. A plant can't be JDM, and even if it could, cars failing to come out of it wouldn't hurt supplies of cars to the US since JDM cars aren't for the US market!
      • 4 Years Ago
      God is punishing Nissan for creating awful CVT transmissions.

      It came back to bite them in the ass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      But the more important question is... does this at all delay the introduction of the Nissan Puke? Err, Juke? Please?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh, no?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @ Jvijil - Hate all you want, but it's a decent driving, comfortable, reliable car at a low price. And I'd be careful about using the word idiot if I paid $43k for a Volkswagen.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cube? isn't that a Horror Movie -

      Oh yeah, I just looked at the Photos......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perfect! All of those vehicles suck anyway.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The dork gods have spoken. Thank you volcano.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good thing noone buys Nissans anyway then.
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