Nissan already announced that production of the next-generation Rogue crossover will shift to its Smyrna, Tennessee facility, but apparently, that won't be enough. In a new statement, the Renault-Nissan Alliance confirms that Rogue models will also be built at the Renault Samsung facility in Busan, South Korea.

The current Rogue, pictured above, is built in Japan. The next-generation Rogue is set to launch sometime in the next year as part of Nissan's new-product onslaught.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance plans to invest $160 million in its Busan facility to accommodate production of the new Rogue. According to the company, Busan will produce around 80,000 Rogues annually – that's in addition to the estimated 100,000 to 120,000 Rogues that will come out of Tennessee.

Rogue production in Korea is scheduled to start in 2014, while Smyrna starts building the new crossover next year. The company's official statement is posted below.
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Renault-Nissan Alliance Invests $160 Million in Korea to Speed Global Growth Strategy

- Alliance will invest US$160 million to add 80,000 units of Nissan Rogue production in Korea and increase cost competitiveness of a key industrial base.

- Renault Samsung Motors will get increased productivity at Busan plant to accelerate its turnaround.

- As Renault Samsung achieves competitive cost targets, Busan plant will produce new derivative vehicles for Korea and export markets.

BUSAN, South Korea - Renault-Nissan Alliance will invest US$160 million in Korea to meet anticipated demand for the next-generation Nissan Rogue and to accelerate growth of Renault Samsung Motors.

Production of Nissan Rogue crossover in Busan, Korea, will begin in 2014, with an annual capacity of about 80,000 units. This year the plant aims to build about 180,000 vehicles for sale in Korea and 60 other countries.

Next-generation Rogue production in Busan gives more momentum to Renault Samsung Motors, which earlier this year launched the "RSM 2012 Revival Plan." The plan aims to achieve efficiency and cost competitiveness in Busan, while expanding RSM's vehicle lineup, which today consists of four models.

"Adding production in Korea shows a commitment across the Alliance to helping Renault Samsung Motors achieve its targets for cost competitiveness and growth," said Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. "The Busan announcement represents a unique 'win-win-win' for Renault, Nissan and RSM, demonstrating the flexibility and power of the Alliance for all partners -- and I am counting on every RSM employee to contribute to the successful completion of this project."

Korea: Key to Renault's Worldwide Expansion

Formed in 1999, the Renault-Nissan Alliance achieved a record 8.03 million vehicle sales in 2011 in nearly 200 countries. Brands include Renault, Nissan, Infiniti, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors.

RSM is a key asset for French automaker Renault as it increases its industrial footprint and sales volume outside western Europe, particularly in fast-growing Asia-Pacific markets.

Renault, which is expanding significantly outside of its historic core markets, is expected to sell more than 50 percent of its vehicles outside of Western Europe in 2013, from 43 percent in 2011 and 37 percent in 2010.

Renault aims to achieve a 10 percent market share in Korea, up from 7 percent in 2011.

As part of the "RSM Revival Plan," RSM will introduce a new small crossover and the zero-emission SM3 ZE in 2013. RSM's current lineup includes the SM3 compact, the SM5 midsize sedan, the SM7 large sedan (adapted for China as Renault Talisman) and the QM5 SUV, which is sold as the Renault Koleos outside Korea.

Back to Busan: A Homecoming Story for Nissan

Producing the Rogue in Busan represents a unique homecoming for Nissan, which in 1994 helped form Samsung Motors Inc. in cooperation with Korea's Samsung Group. Nissan and Samsung began construction of the Busan plant in 1995.

In 2000, Renault purchased 70.1 percent of Samsung Motors and created Renault Samsung Motors, becoming the first European carmaker to establish operations in South Korea. Since then, Renault has increased its stake to 80.1 percent of RSM.

Busan has a total capacity of 300,000 vehicles per year. Its vehicles and services have been No. 1 in customer satisfaction for 10 consecutive years.

Renault Samsung Motors has 199 dealerships in Korea, as well as advanced R&D and design facilities in Giheung. The facilities play a significant role in development of Renault's upper range and SUVs worldwide.


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      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is there really that much demand for this kind of car/crossover? It baffles me.
        munkymonkjr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @BG
        Since its introduction in 2008, the Rogue has regularly been in the "top 10 cars for women" lists -- with sales figures backing it up, with ~52% of buyers being women. Hell, it has a purse hook built into the back of the passenger seat. So, yes, while the car is not for you - it has found a customer base. Generally why CUVs are popular: -- All the room for the kids and the tall ride of an SUV -- Better MPGs than an SUV -- Handles better (on road) than an SUV Why Rogue -- In 2008 -- It launched to critical acclaim (seriously, read reviews from when it launched) as it was the "sportiest" in the class. The CR-V and Rav-4 were getting long in the tooth. The Equinox (and clones) was terrible. The Escape was "too trucky". -- It was among first (the first?) in class (CUVs under $25k) to have option for intelligent key / keyless start. (women love this feature, no more fishing for key in purse) -- Well priced. -- (2008-2009 MY) 10 yr / 120k mi powertrain warranty (basically, after enough people complaining about the CVT, Nissan doubled warranties for everyone).
          BG
          • 2 Years Ago
          @munkymonkjr
          Good summary, thanks. But every feature you listed: why not buy a minivan, which is better in all ways for normal suburban duties and carrying children?
      Du K
      • 2 Years Ago
      We have one. Great reliable vehicle, Except the CVT sucks but cant beat that 120k mile cvt warranty.
        axiomatik
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Du K
        My wife and I test drove one (and we had one as a rental previously). It's a decent little crossover, but I've always felt that the styling was a little bland/cheap looking. Ended up getting a Mazda CX-7 instead.
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      I'm giddy. Does this mean that Ford will start building the Fiesta in the Congo to meet Australian demand?
      lne937s
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is additional capacity, beyond the six figures per year comming out of TN. US production was not scaled back-- demand for crossovers like this has just grown from the initial plans and capacity at the Smyrna plant (which is already the largest plant in the US) can't keep up, as it also has to make other popular models. And the car pictured will not be built there, it is the next generation Rogue/Qashqai, which is significantly different.
      gregmlr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hard to believe so many people would find a car named "Rogue" so appealing.
      Matrix
      • 2 Years Ago
      blah and honda is making cars in china, guess as long as there is quality control it all should be the same.
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      Victor Ferreira
      • 2 Years Ago
      So now we wait to hear the "oh it will be badly made because it's not made in the USA anymore bla bla bla". But this car, along with the Juke, is definitely not a looker.
      diffrunt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can I order roof rack & awning delete?--& with a quieter interior than the first edition I tested, when it was new..
        munkymonkjr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @diffrunt
        The rear spoiler and roof-rack are actually add-ons. You can get the base model without either of those features? As far as the noise -- that's just the way it is. There is absolutely ZERO sound insulation in the rear wheel wells, among other places (mostly near the back of the car). So while the front row is not a terribly loud place to be -- the back seat sure is (esp at highway speeds). Source: I own a 2008 Rogue S.
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