Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA), will take six days of vehicle production out of the 2006 fiscal year first-quarter schedule in an effort to balance inventory levels of its 2006 models. The inventory balance is being made in preparation for the 2007 models that will begin to arrive in Nissan showrooms this summer.

Production will be temporarily stopped at Nissan's three U.S. manufacturing facilities - in Smyrna and Decherd, Tenn., and in Canton, Miss. The change will cut approximately 18,000 vehicles from the planned production schedule.

"We are taking a proactive approach to manage our inventory levels by making a change in our planned production schedule," said Dan Gaudette, NNA senior vice president of North American Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. "Nissan is a company that manages its operations with flexibility and in response to customer demand. "As we begin launching the wave of 2007 models this summer, we're confident that normal production schedules will resume."

The first day of suspended production - Monday, April 17 - was added to the Easter holiday as a vacation day for all employees.

Four additional days will be added to the summer shutdown period, which will now be scheduled as vacation days from Monday, June 26, through Friday, July 7 (including the July 4 holiday).

The sixth day is scheduled adjacent to the Memorial Day weekend, on Friday, May 26.

During fiscal year 2006, Nissan will launch seven new models in the U.S. market, including the Nissan Versa Hatchback and Versa Sedan, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Quest, Nissan Altima and Altima Hybrid, and Infiniti G35 Sedan.