Following the lead of Japan's other two big-time automakers,
that it too will be cutting truck production to focus on cars. At its Canton, Mississippi plant, Nissan will cut in half the number of shifts for workers assembling
pickup trucks and
full-size SUVs. On the flip-side, the automaker will add a third shift for production of the
mid-size sedan, which should allow it to keep its workers on the job. This move is not surprising, as passenger cars have been outselling their truck brethren handily in these days of record high gasoline prices.
, which has a new
set to go on sale shortly, has offered
for its trucks, while
recently announced that it would be
idling four plants
that produce trucks and SUVs and may rid itself of the
, for its part, is offering
and big incentives as a ploy to get consumers interested in its pickups. Unfortunately, it's not as easy for our domestic automakers to switch plants from producing trucks to passenger cars as many are older facilities that weren't built with flexible production in mind.
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