Nissan Motor Company has nearly maxed out its current production capacity at its U.S. assembly plants. With plans to continue growing in the American market, the company may find itself needing a third plant stateside.
In the last six years Nissan sales have increased 70 percent in the U.S. market. A tempered version of this growth is expected to continue into the future, if Nissan gets their way. It’s a scenario that seems likely given the company’s aggressive approach to crossovers with the Rogue and Rogue Sport launching as consumers flock to that particular vehicle type.
“At some point, we may need it,” Jose Munoz, the chairman of Nissan North America told Bloomberg in reference to additional U.S. production capacity. Although hardly a commitment, it sounds like a third plant is a top-of-mind issue at Nissan.
Nissan’s largest U.S. plant is in Tennessee and employs over 8,000 employees to produce the Leaf, Altima, Maxima, Infiniti QX60 and battery packs. Its Mississippi plant is slightly smaller with 6,400 employees producing the Nissan Titan, Altima and cargo vans. Both plants are apparently unable to be expanded.
Building a new U.S. plant would likely serve Nissan political capital with U.S. President Donald Trump. On a recent trip to Japan he pressed Japanese automakers to build more vehicles in the U.S. while praising plans for a joint Toyota and Mazda plant proposed for the U.S.