Nissan North America Inc. will cut 18,000 vehicles from its production schedule to reduce inventories and prepare for 2007 model vehicles.
Six production days will be cut from this month through July at two assembly plants, in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., and at Nissan's engine plant in Decherd, Tenn.
The Smyrna plant assembles the Nissan Altima and Maxima sedans, Frontier pickup, and the Xterra and Pathfinder SUVs. Canton assembles the Nissan Altima, Armada SUV, Quest minivan, Titan pickup and the Infiniti QX56 SUV.
Nissan says it will drop more production days if necessary.
In the next 12 months, Nissan plans to launch seven new or redesigned models in the United States: the Nissan Versa hatchback and sedan, the Sentra sedan, the Quest, the Altima and Altima hybrid, and the Infiniti G35 sedan.