Nissan dealers are urging customers to get their orders in, so they can be at the front of the queue when delayed stock arrives next year.
Nissan’s biggest model refresh in more than a decade is off to a stalled start after being struck by a fresh round of delays affecting the global automotive industry.
However, a well-placed Nissan Australia insider says these two key models are now not due to arrive until closer to the middle of next year.
The setback has prompted Nissan dealers to urge customers to order now so they can be at the front of the queue when the first shipments of the in-demand models begin to arrive in local showrooms.
Drive previously reported on delays for the Nissan Patrol four-wheel-drive – with the company working overtime to try to fill existing orders which have already been waiting for months.
Now Nissan Australia has advised it has also lost its entire October production allocation for the Nissan Juke city SUV (pictured above).
And more than half of the current-generation Nissan X-Trail SUVs planned for Australia’s production allocation next month have also been cut.
Nissan Australia says it is doing its best to make up for the lost production slots, “but this is not assured”.
The car industry has been grappling with stock shortages since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
After initially cancelling orders for semiconductors – increasingly crucial components in the production of modern cars – demand for new vehicles bounced back quicker than expected, which left the industry short on parts supplies.
After the car industry slashed its orders, semiconductor companies found new customers in the technology and medical fields, which pushed the car industry to the back of the queue.
It takes about 26 weeks to make a semiconductor from start to finish – in a dust-free environment said to be 1000 times cleaner than a surgical operating theatre.
There are three main suppliers of semiconductors globally; it would take 18 months to build a new factory and cost between $US7 billion ($AU9.6B) and $US15 billion ($AU20.5B) to construct, equip, and staff each facility.
Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.