Nissan plant will build new electric vehicles in Mississippi

The Japanese car manufacturer Nissan announced last month it will spend half a billion dollars to upgrade its facility and workforce at its Canton plant, with the goal of building two new all-electric models by 2025.

“For nearly two decades, Mississippians have kept our state at the forefront of the world’s automotive industry,” Gov. Tate Reeves said. “The announcement that Nissan Canton is shifting some production to EVs (electric vehicles) further positions Mississippi as a leader in this crucial economic sector.”

But it’s less likely Mississippians will be driving those cars compared to drivers in the rest of the country. Mississippi has, per capita, the lowest number of electric cars registered of any state, according to U.S. Census and Department of Energy data.

Policymakers and businesses around the U.S. are trying to jolt the electric car industry, with the hopes of emitting less carbon into an already warming atmosphere.

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Chip Shortage Hurting Toyota More Than Nissan, Report Says

The ongoing chip shortage is affecting these Japanese titans differently. 


Semiconductors are a hot commodity these days, as we’ve reported here at Roadshow. The global shortage of computer chips has caused all kinds of headaches in the automotive industry, something that’s hurt certain companies more than others.

According to a report from Automotive News Monday, Toyota in particular is struggling due to the shortage, while rival Nissan is performing better than expected, a surprising reversal of fortunes. Traditionally, Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is known for its rock-solid profitability, but the company downgraded its global sales and production outlooks following a 21% decline in operating profits in the last quarter. Toyota’s global sales forecast for the current fiscal year ending on March 31 is expected to tumble to 8.25 million vehicles, a significant drop from its earlier estimate of 8.55 million.

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Nissan Z, Genesis GV60, and a Tesla Robot

Photo credit: Nissan

Photo credit: Nissan

Regulators released a warning this week that a flaw in some BlackBerry software (you remember BlackBerry, right?) could make the cars that use it vulnerable to hackers. A determined criminal could exploit the bug to overwhelm the software and cause it to crash or freeze. BMW, Ford, and Volkswagen use the software in question to help power their cars’ driver assistance systems. Regulators say they are not aware of any instances in which BlackBerry’s system has been exploited, but count this as a reminder to keep your eyes on the road, even if you think your car is watching the road for you.

This Week in Sheetmetal

Nissan finally unveiled the production version of its new Z sports car, and we’re happy to report that it is almost indistinguishable from a prototype we saw last year. We once thought Nissan would call this rear-wheel-drive two-seater

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How the 2023 Nissan Z Compares to Toyota Supra, 86 and Mazda Miata

For the first time since 2008, the automotive world has been introduced to a new member of Nissan’s Z-car lineage. The all-new 2023 Nissan Z ditches the numerical nomenclature of its predecessors and promises to be the best-performing iteration of the nameplate yet.

The new Z has some stiff competition. If you’re in the market for a front-engine, rear-drive, two-door performance car, the Z is just one of many machines you might consider. We’ve compiled some information on how the Z stands up to every sports coupe on the market today.

A Potent Powertrain

As had been suggested for months, the Z is powered by a twin-turbocharged DOHC 3.0-liter V-6 engine—specifically, Nissan’s VR30DDTT motor, found in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. In the Z, this engine will crank out 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

That’s pretty much neck-and-neck with the 382 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque

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