Nissan will lay off an additional 5,200 workers worldwide

Nissan plans to eliminate at least 5,200 additional jobs worldwide to improve its performance, said Kyodo News, which cited unidentified sources.

The plan joins a project presented in May to discharge 4,800 people, renew car models and reactivate bad sales in the United States. Additional cuts would bring the total layoffs to 10,000, more than 7% of Nissan’s workforce.

Nissan representatives in Europe and Japan were not immediately available for comment.

Nissan is under pressure to revive its business after car inspection scandals and the arrest and removal of former President Carlos Ghosn, who uncovered deep conflicts with his Renault partner. The automaker Operating profit fell to the lowest in a decade in 2018.

Ghosn, arrested in November in Tokyo on charges of financial misconduct, is released on bail while preparing for a trial that will probably begin next year. The former president of the alliance between Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi denies all charges against him.

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