8 Jun 20

Nissan restarting manufacturing operations in Latin America

After three months in quarantine in the face of COVID-19, Nissan Latin America has announced that it will soon be reopening automobile plant operations in Argentina and Brazil.

On 16 June, the automaker will commence activities at the Santa Isabel industrial park in the Argentinean province of Córdoba, restarting the building of its Frontier pickup primarily for the local and Brazilian markets.

Nissan will also restart operations at the Resende industrial park in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro on 22 June.  The company builds the March (subcompact hatch), Versa (compact sedan), and Kicks (compact SUV) at the facility.

Besides selling locally, the industrial park is a major distribution hub for Latin America, exporting to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay.

These announcements follow the trend of OEMs starting to reopen manufacturing facilities throughout Latin America. The process, however, should be gradual and under strict sanitary measures considering that much of the region has yet to see any significant recoveries from the health crisis. 

Authored by: Daniel Bland