By on July 9, 2015


Nissan announced today they’ll expand production of the current-generation Nissan Rogue to its Japanese plant and import those cars into the U.S.

Nissan’s Kyushu plant produces a version of the Rogue already on sale in the U.S., called Rogue Select. It’s unclear if the current-generation Rogue and last-generation Rogue will be produced side-by-side or if Nissan will discontinue selling the Rogue Select.

U.S.-sold Rogues are sourced from Nissan’s Symrna, Tennessee plant and Busan, Korea.

In April, the Rogue became America’s second-favorite compact crossover behind the Honda CR-V, and helped fuel a sales surge for the automaker.

Year-over-year sales jumped 41 percent in March, and Nissan reported January to June sales of the CUV were up 36 percent from the same period last year.

Selling two generations of a car made in three different countries may not be enough. June sales for the Rogue were up 54.3 percent over last year, the automaker reported.

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22 Comments on “Nissan Can’t Build Rogues Fast Enough in Tennessee, Apparently...”

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    And why not? Finally Nissan makes an attractive car….

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    But would I buy one? ‘Nissan’ and ‘CVT’ go together like ‘Oldsmobile’ and ‘diesel.’

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    Do I look for the J in the vin when I go to buy one?

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    Can anyone attest to a quality/materials improvement in this current generation? The debut Rogue was such a tinny, gutterslob rattletrap of mousefur, ugly gauge readouts, and plastic wheelcovers on mid-trim models – like everything else in the bottom 2/3rds of Nissan’s lineup.

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    I find these things duller than dishwater, but the womenfolk just absolutely love them. I am now up to *5* wives of friends and coworkers who have bought them in the last three years. See them all over the place.

    So far, the CVT seems OK in these – one friend’s wife has a long commute and has racked up 75K+ in three years with no problems. Same cannot be said for my buddy with the new Pathfinder, which is on #2 at <10K, and that one does weird things too.

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      That’s disappointing. I actually like the CVT in our 2014 Pathfinder. Never got the “weird rubber band” effect that journalists (who never buy cars) talk about. Only 13K miles so far, but no issues at all. It accelerates well for such a big car, and it has great cruise control – there are no big jumps between gears on hills. I reckon, if I can’t have a manual, I might as well have “all the gears”.

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      Yup my brother’s wife has racked up 150k on her ’07, no issues to report that I recall. A thoroughly mediocre automobile, but it gets reasonable mileage on her highway commute (30 mpg) and hasn’t given them any trouble. CVT is on factory filled fluid, ECU still reports life left in it, given the fairly flat highway driving, not surprising.

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        30-mile fetch

        Whoa, factory CVT fluid at 150K and 8 years of age? Our Altima has the same drivetrain and I thought the manual recommended fluid changes every 40K or so. Even with mostly highway, 150K seems to be pushing it. I’ll admit that comforts me somewhat regarding the longer term durability of the transmission.

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          My mechanic brother, skeptical of both the CVT and the ECU’s tracking of the fluid condition, checked the dipstick (it has a dipstick!!!) and the fluid still looked perfectly clean and smelled fine. Again, this car probably sees the best case, lowest stress use of flat highway driving, hence the high mileage.

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      I see older Rogues frequently with yellowed out lights, hopefully Nissans sorted that out.

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      The Rogue was designed with women buyers in mind. So this is not surprising.

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    No matter what we think of SUVs or the Rogue this is exactly what folks want a nice economical SUV that isn’t huge.

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    CRVs and Rogues are seemingly everywhere where I live. CRV is the best selling vehicle in NY and the Rogue is probably right there with it.

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    The Rogue is probably Nissan’s best-executed car on sale right now. For the reason that they put a momentary halt to either having weird French styling/overpowered FWD/cheapass interior and basically made a miniature Lexus RX. I mean it’s tasteful, not ridiculously cheap-feeling and pretty competitive.

    In fact, a friend of mine who had his RX300 totaled was about to buy a Rogue until he got a killer deal on a used RX350.

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      You touch on a good point. In this class I think the Rogue slash Xtrail has an upmarket look even though it is clearly a medium sized medium cost CUV. Blink and it kind of looks like a Lexus.

      In our market it represents fantastic value. It cost less than the opposition, even the KOREAN opposition, yet is exclusively Japan and the build quality testifies to that. It is a touch more expensive than the truly compact CUVs based on hatches and yet can seat 7 people at a pinch.

      Now it isnt the most technology filled car… it still has a port FI 2.5 four but these has tended to work out well for Nissan not having the issues that have plagued Mazda or Subaru. MPG is fine for a 3,500lb vehicle. The CVT is not an issue with no outstanding faults (of this age) and the 99% of people out there who arent enthusiasts really dont care.

      It is not the most super ambitious car out there but what it does, it does well.

      Nissan deserve their success. God knows why you would touch a Dualis Qashkai whatever the hell they call it… the saving isnt worth it.

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