Nissan has hinted that it needs more capacity.
Nissan has been absolutely crushing it in 2017. Even though we have our reservations about some of the company's cars, Nissan is in a good spot to edge out VW as the largest automaker in the world. Part of Nissan's success stems from the hot-selling Rogue SUV, which has overtaken the Toyota Camry as the most popular vehicle in the US. Nissan is currently squeezing out all it can from its current assembly plants, but Automotive News reports that the Japanese company will have to expand in order to keep up with demand.
"At some point, we may need it," Jose Munoz, the chairman of Nissan North America, said when asked about increasing US production capacity. Munoz also stated that a new production facility would have to be a standalone factory because the existing plants in Tennessee and Mississippi are "maxed out." Building a new factory in the US would certainly make President Trump happy. Trump has told Japanese automakers to "Try building your cars in the United States instead of shipping them over," also adding "That's not too much to ask. Is that rude to ask?"
While we aren't sure if Trump really doesn't know that Japanese manufacturers already build cars in the US, a new Nissan factory would certainly make him happy. Nissan already has the most productive auto plant in the US in Smyrna, Tennessee, but the company is also the largest producer of cars in Mexico. US sales have increased 70 percent over the last six years for Nissan and Munoz said that the company's plan through 2022 calls for more expansion. Building cars locally has helped Nissan grow in the US, so it seems likely that the company will build another factory in the US.