Nissan Faces Production Delay for Next-Generation Kicks Due to Tooling Theft
Nissan’s plans for the next-generation Kicks have hit a roadblock following the theft of vital tooling from a Mexican supplier. This unfortunate incident has forced the automaker to delay the launch of the new crossover in the United States. Initially slated to begin production in December, the vehicle’s timeline was already extended due to its failure to meet crash safety standards. However, this recent theft of tooling has added an additional five months of delay to the schedule.
Sources familiar with the matter have revealed that the theft occurred at a supplier factory in Mexico. While specific details regarding the stolen tooling or the supplier involved have not been disclosed, the implications are significant. Laurie Harbour, CEO of Harbour Results, a consultancy firm specializing in suppliers, highlighted the impact that even the theft of a small component can have on the production process. As automotive manufacturing relies on a delicate interplay of various parts, the absence of a single component can bring production to a halt.
Nissan has acknowledged the delay in the launch of the next-generation Kicks but has refrained from providing specific information about the incident. Brian Brockman, a spokesperson for Nissan, explained that the arrival of the new model has been slightly delayed due to an unexpected factor beyond the company’s control. In the meantime, the current model of the Kicks will continue to be available, as it remains one of the most popular vehicles in its segment.
Despite the setback, the next-generation Kicks is highly anticipated, as it promises a refreshed design and numerous technological upgrades. Spy photos of the vehicle have provided a glimpse of its sleeker, more upright front end and sporty rear design. Inside the cabin, the Kicks is expected to feature a digital instrument cluster, updated infotainment software, and advanced safety features. However, details regarding the powertrain options for the new model have not yet been disclosed, leaving room for speculation about potential additions, including all-wheel drive and hybrid powertrains, to cater to a broader range of preferences.
While the delay in production and launch may be disappointing for Nissan and eager customers, it is crucial for the automaker to prioritize the functionality, quality, and safety of their vehicles. With the delay offering more time for adjustments and improvements, enthusiasts can rest assured that the next-generation Kicks will be worth the wait.