Nissan decided last week to choose Japan for an extra production of 100,000 vehicles of its highly-demanded Rogue model starting in 2016. Therefore, Nissan will be able to sell over 300,000 units per year of its compact crossover in the U.S., with over 150,000 vehicles having been sold there two years ago.
Two sources familiar with Nissan’s product plans for the future say that the Japanese carmaker will make some changes to the Rogue line-up such as: a hybrid version of the vehicle will be launched in 2016, the European Qashqai crossover will be sold to the U.S. as a smaller and more fuel-efficient version of the Rogue and the brand will drop the Rogue Select model.
Similar to the Rogue model and built on the same architecture, the European Qashqai model is 10 inches shorter than the American Rogue and is sitting on a 2-inch shorter wheelbase. Even if it has less rear cargo space than the Rogue model, it has a more stylish rear design. It is uncertain at the moment what power train a U.S. version of the Qashqai would use.
Nissan managed to sell 23,243 Rogue models in June this year, a massive growth of 54% compared to the same month in 2014, and for the first half of 2015 the Rogue sales went up 36% to 135,397 new registrations. The 100,000 Rogues that will come of the Kyushu plant will add to the 150,000 produced at Nissan’s factory in Smyrna, Tennessee. Moreover, 80,000 units are also scheduled to be produced at a Renault factory in South Korea.
By Gabriela Florea