Bill Krueger, head of Nissan's manufacturing and supply chain management, tells Automotive News that the March 11 quake in Japan disrupted construction of the automaker's Nissan Leaf production complex in Smyrna, TN, but says there's no need to worry because his team is working 'round the clock to stick to the automaker's open-by-late-2012 timetable.

Says Krueger:
We're still targeting to launch on time. It's too early to give up on meeting our original timing. We have just shy of a year and a half to make it up. We had people over there training when the lights went out. Production didn't happen for a month. That drove the training curve back. We're looking at work-arounds to try to accelerate the schedule now.
This means that, if Nissan can get back on track, the first U.S.-built Leafs will roll down the assembly line in Smyrna, TN in late 2012. Nissan says up to 150,000 Leafs will be built at Smyrna annually.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Please, let's have a version that isn't so damn catfish-faced ugly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's see thats 12500 a month in demand globally. And they haven't sold that many since launch. Interesting. Toyota thought they'd have sold 150,000 Tundras a year now for that plant they built in San Antonio...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It will be building versas not leafs. For crying out loud its hard enough to sell the Fiat 500 and Mini to car buyers in the USA. The new diesel Cruze is a step in the right direction.
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