Nissan Motor Co., citing high battery material costs, warned dealers on Sunday that U.S. supplies of the Ariya crossover, a flagship electric vehicle, will be limited this year.
The Japanese automaker, during a make meeting at NADA, also announced plans for a wave of new EV and gasoline models it hopes will boost U.S. market share to more than 6 percent in fiscal 2023 from 5 percent last year. Nissan expects a 19 percent increase in production in 2023 vs. 2022.
The Ariya was slated to launch in mid-2021, but COVID-related chip shortages delayed it. U.S. deliveries began late last year.
The new halo model is critical to Nissan's effort to reclaim its position in a segment it pioneered with the launch of the electric Leaf hatchback more than a decade ago.