Hurricane suspends Nissan's Mississippi output


TOKYO, Aug 30 (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co. suspended production at a car assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi, as Hurricane Katrina ripped through the southern U.S. state, but said on Tuesday that lost output would be made up later.

Japan's second-biggest auto maker halted production at 11:30 a.m. local time on Monday, with initial plans to resume on Tuesday morning.

A spokeswoman in Tokyo said, however, that production would be suspended for an additional shift on Tuesday morning, bringing total lost production to 1,700 vehicles.

"A decision will be made later regarding the afternoon and night shifts," she said, adding that the company expected no impact on sales from the lost production.

The Canton plant, which is currently working three shifts, primarily produces large vehicles such as the Titan pickup truck, Armada SUV and Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV, as well as the Altima sedan and Quest minivan.

The hurricane weakened after hitting the U.S. Gulf Coast and was downgraded to a tropical storm.

Nissan rivals Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. , which both have factories in Alabama, said their production was unaffected.

Nissan said it was leasing 50 vehicles made at the Canton plant to a local emergency agency for $1 to help with relief efforts.



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