Due to the decrease in sales in both Mexico and the United States, Nissan Mexicana will lay off 1,000 employees at the Aguascalientes and Cuernavaca plants.
The dismissals will begin in January and are aimed to workers in the production line, the Japanese automaker said in a statement.
“In response to challenging market conditions in Mexico, Nissan is adjusting production levels at its Morelos and Aguascalientes plants. As part of these adjustments, approximately 1,000 employees at these plants will conclude their employment relationship with the company,” says the document.
Nissan did not disclose how many of these employees correspond to each of the plants or detailed how much production will be reduced.
From January to November, Nissan sales in Mexico decreased by 14.3% to 282,432 vehicles and production at Mexican plants dropped by 9% to 717,108 units, according to Inegi data. In the United States, its sales so far this year have fallen 7.6%, while its Mexico-made vehicles, such as the Versa, have declined more than 30%.
In Aguascalientes, Nissan operates three plants; two of its own and one in joint-venture with Daimler. The layoffs will only occur at the Nissan plants where the Kicks, March, Versa and Sentra vehicles are manufactured, as well as in Cuernavaca, where the NP300 Frontier and a variant for Renault are built.