There will be changes at Nissan over the next year, it’s safe to say. Last week the Japanese automaker announced it was cutting 12,500 jobs and reducing its global model portfolio by 10%. So some products will disappear while others get renewed. The only thing we can be sure of is that the status quo is not an option.
Last week we reported on Nissan’s announcement and the causes behind it.
Now comes the speculation part. What models are vulnerable to getting the axe, particularly in the North American market? Keep in mind that the company’s announcement of a 10% cut in its product portfolio amounts to the elimination of six models. The company also specified that the cuts could be spread across its three divisions, Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun, the latter having recently been brought back to the forefront in other markets than our own. And it’s likely that Datsun could be the most deeply affected by the cuts.
If that’s so, there could be few victims of a model purge on this side of the Atlantic. That said, there are still some models that are vulnerable and face uncertain futures.