Japan-Built Nissan Rogue To Supplement U.S. Production
High Demand for Compact Crossover Prompts Imports
The hottest market segment right now is undoubtedly crossovers. It seems car buyers can’t get enough of them for their combination of versatility, convenience, and fuel economy. That’s certainly the case for Nissan, where the Rogue compact crossover is the brand’s second-best selling model after the Altima midsize sedan. To help meet the unprecedented demand, Nissan will start to import Rogues from its plant in Kyushu, Japan, to supplement production coming from its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant. June 2015 sales of the Rogue were up a whopping 54.3 percent over 2014. In other Rogue-related news, the 2016 model will also add some tech and safety features, including available Forward Emergency Braking, a motion-activated power liftgate, and Siri Eyes Free voice command system.
In addition to Smyrna and Kyushu, the Rogue is also built in Busan, South Korea. Renault-Nissan owns a controlling interest in Samsung Motors (not related to the mobile device and appliance maker), and a version of the Rogue is also sold as the Samsung QM5 in South Korea. The Kyushu plant also produces the Rogue Select, a budget-oriented model based on the previous-generation Rogue. The Rogue’s global twin, the X-Trail, is manufactured in China, Russia, and Indonesia for local markets.