Nissan has halted operations at its St Petersburg plant in Russia for 16 days from 16 March until 31 March due to sluggish sales.

A company spokeswoman told Reuters Nissan planned to suspend hiring and not extend temporary contracts of workers at the plant.

The automaker makes the Pathfinder, Teana, Murano and X-Trail in the factory.

Nissan plans eventually to double annual capacity to 100,000 vehicles.

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