TOKYO -- Nissan will temporarily halt production at its plant in Japan's southwestern Kyushu due to the coronavirus.
In a statement, Nissan, the first automaker to halt production at a plant in Japan because of the outbreak, said that output would be affected on Friday and Feb. 17, due to supply shortages of parts from China.
The virus outbreak is making it difficult for the automaker to acquire parts from China, the paper said.
The stoppage could impact production of around 3,000 vehicles, the Nikkei reported earlier.
Nissan will halt two production lines at the Kyushu plant from Feb. 14, the paper said, underlining the extent to which automakers are reliant on China for supplies.
The Kyushu plant produced around 434,000 vehicles in fiscal 2018, the Nikkei said, with about half of that for the domestic market.
Nissan will halt another line, one that makes mainly cars for export, on Feb.17, the paper said.
Nissan joins a growing number of automakers whose production outside of China has been hit by a shortage of parts sourced from Chinese suppliers.
Jaguar Land Rover announced that its supply chains outside China could be impacted by the coronavirus outbreak in an updated presentation to investors late Sunday.
The luxury carmaker warned Friday that it expects the virus to affect fourth quarter financial results but that it’s too early to quantify. On Sunday, the company issued an update to add that if disruption continues, supply chains outside China could also be impacted.
Parent company Tata Motors extended a shutdown of its unit Jaguar Land Rover’s plant at Changshu in China on Friday due to the coronavirus outbreak. A spokeswoman for Jaguar did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Meanwhile, automakers including Daimler, Ford and Tesla are looking to resume production in China after being forced to shut factories following the outbreak of a new coronavirus.
Below are details on carmakers' plans, in alphabetical order:
- BMW Group's China venture with Brilliance said on Feb. 5 the Chinese firm planned to restart production on Feb. 17.
- Daimler said on Feb. 3 it plans to resume passenger car production in Beijing on Feb. 10.
- Fiat Chrysler said on Feb. 6 that disruption to parts supplies could threaten production at one of its European plants within two to four weeks.
- Ford Motor Co. said on Jan. 29 it planned to resume production on Feb. 10 at its factories in Chongqing and Hangzhou with joint venture partner Chongqing Changan Automobile.
- General Motors said on Feb. 10 it plans to restart production in China on Feb. 15.
- Honda said on Feb. 7 it would restart its three plants in Wuhan, which it operates with Dongfeng Motor Group, on Feb. 13. Honda said there were no supply chain issues that would impede production.
- Hyundai Motor and sister firm Kia Motors will gradually increase production in South Korea from Feb. 11, the companies said in a statement on Feb. 10.
- PSA Peugeot Citroen, which is in the process of merging with Fiat, said on Jan. 31 its three plants in Wuhan will remain closed until Feb. 14.
- Renault said on Feb. 7 that its South Korean unit RSM would suspend production at its Busan site for four days from Feb. 11 due to supply chain disruptions.
- Suzuki Motor Corp. said on Feb. 7 that it was considering sourcing vehicle components from outside China because the outbreak was threatening to disrupt vehicle production in its biggest market, India.
- Tesla's factory in Shanghai will resume production on Feb. 10 with assistance to cope with the outbreak, a Shanghai government official said on Feb. 8.
- Toyota Motor on Feb. 7 extended the shutdown of its China factories to Feb. 16 from Feb. 9. The Japanese automaker operates 12 car and parts factories in regions such as the northern city of Tianjin and the southern province of Guangdong.
- French car parts maker Valeo said on Jan. 31 its three sites in Wuhan will remain shut until at least Feb. 13.
- Volkswagen said on Feb. 8 that it has postponed restarting production at most plants at its Chinese JV with SAIC Motor and the Tianjin plant of its JV with FAW Group until Feb. 17. One plant it operates with SAIC in Shanghai and most of the plants in the FAW JV will restart on Feb. 10.
Bloomberg contributed to this report.