No surprise here. Both Nissan and Toyota have moved to cut production in Japan, according to Reuters.

Nissan has made it clear that it will will drop capacity from the 1.35 million units produced in 2011 to 1.15 million in 2013. In 2012, Nissan expects to produce 1.22 million vehicles in its home country, though production is expected to increase in countries like China, Brazil and Russia to help offset the drop. The report says Nissan has already stopped production on two lines at its Oppama plant, and the manufacturer has plans to stop production of the Tiida in Japan altogether.

The story is much the same with Toyota. The manufacturer has announced that by 2014, it will cut production in Japan by around 10 percent to 3.1 million vehicles. Before the financial crisis, Toyota produced 3.9 million units domestically. But that was when it still made financial sense to build machines in Japan and export them around the world. Japan has seen its currency strengthen against the dollar, making exports less and less financially viable.


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      tomatoflight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Get ready for a lot more low quality cars. My gf's made in Mexico Nissan Versa has the quality of a Matchbox car. Actually, that would be an insult to Matchbox. Big mistake to save money, but that's most car companies in this ridiculous economy.
        carguy1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tomatoflight
        The Versa is a piece of **** regardless of where it is made. Source; a Nissan enthusiast on my Facebook.
        sammyramzy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tomatoflight
        But the American cars made in Mexico are of a higher quality? Just asking...
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tomatoflight
        The Versa is the cheapest car for sale in America. Wouldn't you expect lower quality to go along with the lowest price?
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I guess people are tired of boring cars.
      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live in Japan and this kind of news makes me feel sad. The rising yen is causing the hollowing out of the auto industry, and more and more people are losing jobs. The government needs to make sure laborers who work for car factories have an alternative job, or we'll be in serious trouble.
        tomatoflight
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        Huge problem in Japan. Something tells me a lot of folks are unhappy about the currency strengthening, and more unhappy with the Fed for weakening the dollar. It will put a lot of folks out of work, and quality will suffer building in countries like Mexico and China.
      tump
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you have no idea what this symbol is, then please do not comment on this topic anywhere: ¥
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      With Toyota cutting production,I guess GM might remain the Global number one automaker this year as well.
        theblackemblem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        They're not cutting production; they're simply moving production to a different country.
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        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        Has nothing to do with nuclear power. It has everything to do with exchange rates.
      sensibility2
      • 2 Years Ago
      There goes Nissan quality even more. I guess they did not learn much from the quality mess with NIssan Armada, Titan, and Quest built in the US. You build it elswhere it will even be worse. Go figure. Need to start looking for a different and more reliable manufacturer.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes sense, I guess.
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