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Nissan Rogue Production Expands to Meet High U.S. Demand

Crossover mildly updated for 2016 model year.

U.S. demand for the Nissan Rogue crossover is so strong that the automaker plans to start importing extra units of the Rogue from Japan. Approximately 100,000 Rogues per year from Kyushu, Japan, will supplement the models already made in Tennessee and Busan, South Korea.

Starting in spring 2016, the Nissan Motor Kyushu plant will add production of U.S.-spec Rogues alongside its existing production of the Japanese equivalent, the Nissan X-Trail. Nissan says it chose the Kyushu plant due to its production flexibility and low costs. The Kyushu plant also currently exports the Nissan Rogue Select to the U.S.

The Nissan Rogue is the company's second best-selling model in the U.S., after the Altima midsize sedan. In 2014, Nissan sold 199,199 Rogues here, and through the end of June this year, sales are up 36.3 percent year-over-year to 135,397 units.

All versions of the Nissan Rogue bound for the U.S. market are produced in the company's Smyrna factory in Tennessee. That plant also builds the Leaf electric car, the Altima and Maxima sedans, the Pathfinder crossover, and the Infiniti QX60 crossover.

The 2016 Nissan Rogue receives a few small tweaks for the new model year. Pre-collision braking joins the SL Premium package and a power liftgate joins all Rogue SL models, while Apple Siri Eyes-Free functionality is added to the infotainment systems on Rogue SV Premium and Rogue SL models. The pre-collision braking system uses radar sensor to detect an imminent crash and applies the brakes automatically; it is already offered on the Nissan Maxima and Murano. The 2016 Nissan Rogue continues to come standard with a 170-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four engine and a continuously variable transmission. Pricing for the new crossover will be announced at a later date.

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