The Japan News by The Yomiuri Shimbun

Nissan decides to pull out of production in Russia

- The Yomiuri Shimbun

Nissan Motor Co. announced Tuesday that it had decided to withdraw from automobile production in Russia, where it had been operating since 2009.

Nissan will transfer its local subsidiary, including its production plant, to an entity of the Russian government. Nissan suspended production in Russia back in March due to the problem of parts procuremen­t stemming from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

e company appears to have decided that resuming production is di cult for the time being as the con ict becomes more prolonged.

e Nissan plant is located in St. Petersburg in western Russia and began operation in 2009. It produced SUVs such as the X-trail and Qashqai, with about 43,000 vehicles coming o the assembly line in scal 2021.

A er suspending production in March, the plan was to keep the plant closed until the end of this year. e plant has about 2,000 employees, who are expected to be kept on when the transfer is completed.

Among Japanese auto giants, Toyota Motor Corp. decided to close its factory in Russia in September, while Mazda Motor Corp. is coordinati­ng with its Russian partner company in order to withdraw from production.

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. still has a joint venture plant in Russia with European auto giant Stellantis NV. (Oct. 12)

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