• Jan 11, 2011

2011 Nissan Rogue - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Detroit News
reports that the next generation Rogue will be produced in the U.S., following remarks by Nissan Americas Chairman Carlos Tavares. The modestly priced mid-size crossover would be produced at Nissan's Smyrna, Tennessee plant in 2013, shifting production from Nissan's plant in Kyushu, Japan.

The reasons to produce the Rogue stateside are many, but the biggest has to do with money and volume. Tavares says the increased value of the Yen is one reason, and the move would make even more sense considering the automaker intends to produce 100,000 units of the CUV each year. Nissan received a $1.4 billion loan from the Energy Department to build the Tennessee plant on the condition that it builds 150,000 Nissan Leafs and another 200,000 battery packs each year.

[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      This either needs to look more like a truck (since it sits up like one) or sit down and be styled like a wagon/hatch (if Nissan/others want to actually brag about car-like handling and mpg).
      • 3 Years Ago
      nice way to screw up you own products ...this means nissan recalling will raise again
        • 3 Years Ago
        How about you post up links that show the rise in recalls after manufacturers moved manufacturing to the US instead of biased BS opinions based on import fanboyistic ways?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like Nissan is going rogue

      How fitting
        • 3 Years Ago
        Rogues + Battery Packs in the USA = Rogue Hybrid??
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan needs to build a small CUV that won't embarrass male drivers.
      Both Juke and this looks too feminine for me to consider.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You think the Juke looks feminine? I just don't see it myself. It's pretty beefy.

        Have you seen one in real life, or are you just judging by photos?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yawn someone wake me up when they build an electric GT-R in England
        • 4 Years Ago
        judging by your bar i'm thinking people like you more when you're sleeping :P
      • 3 Years Ago
      +1 on the femininity of the CUV designs. Only chicks drive CUVs anyway. Real men drive truck with frames and drive shafts, not half shafts!
      • 3 Years Ago
      build the xtail instead & let north american's enjoy it
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pretty darn good news.

      Nissan got a loan of $1.4 Billion from the Dept of Energy to build the TN plant... so are we going to start hearing people complain that Nissan got a "bailout" as well?? (after all the money that GM and Chrysler got were also loans as well, so wondering if the usual suspects are going to bitch and moan about this deal with Nissan)
        • 3 Years Ago
        neevers,

        On the state incentive side, $2.5 million in Tennessee state tax breaks for 1300 additional jobs and over 2 Billion in capital investments sounds pretty good in comparison to $122.5 million from the state of Michigan in tax incentives in 2008 for GM associated with no additional jobs (only retention of existing) and a $838 million investment. Or the $50 million they got from Michigan to only lose half of the jobs at their HQ....

        http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aCO4tNQ6UBtE&refer=home
        http://www.autoblog.com/2009/12/18/report-michigan-gives-gm-tax-break-but-automaker-to-still-halve/
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ neevers1


        Both TN Representatives Alexander and Corker (both Republican of course), voted against the Detroit auto bailout loans, but I would not be surprised to find out that they were instrumental in getting these loans approved for Nissan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Of course not, if we pay another nations company to help it out compete our own countries company, that's just capitalism. If we help out our own companies to compete, that's communism.

        Got it? Take notes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Where exactly are these 150,000 Nissan Leafs supposed to go? That is a huge yearly commitment volume, and it is completely unproven that consumers want them enough to justify that. A lot of the electrics purchased already are second and third vehicles for people buying them as a status symbol. I think a lot of regular people are interested in electric cars, then they find out the cost, limited range, and "Oh by the way, you probably need to finance the $2000+ charging dock installation too."

      This seems very poorly planned out, especially given the vast stretches of highway that make up American transportation. Want to cruise down the coast with the family or drive to a country fair? Don't plan on using your Leaf for that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hope they,ve addressed the sound of a careening basketball inside the cabin that the current model has. Liked the rest of it
        • 4 Years Ago
        Drive the '11 model, it's considerably quieter than the '10 due to improved noise deadening packaging. And the fuel economy is noticeably better out of the box; 28 mpg freeway is relatively easy with some reprogramming of the CVT.
        I know because I've owned both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Although I support cars being built in the United States.. I can't image what will happen to the quality of the car once it's not made in Japan anymore

      I'm not saying the japanese are perfect at building vehicles but I have a feeling they care a little more about putting it together
        • 3 Years Ago
        America: The only nation that thinks it's workers are worse than another nations workers.

        Why do Americans hate Americans?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm not sure that Japan has much of a problem to deal with something like the UAW in their factories. I'd forget, but are Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai-Kia plants working with the UAW? The UAW forces the automakers to pay so much to workers that are already paid so much. I find that the UAW [or any union for that matter] makes the workers lazy, and still get paid the same. I would hope the quality stays the same.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's not American workers per se, but specifically union workers that are worse. Luckily, Nissan doesn't use union workers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would too if someone paid me 2.5 billion and a 20-40 year tax holiday for 1300 jobs.
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