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Nissan Exporting Rogue From Korea to the U.S. to Meet Demand

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/21/2014 Ron Kiino

Demand for the all-new second-generation Rogue is so high that Nissan has begun building the compact crossover at its Renault Samsung Motors (RSM) plant in Busan, South Korea, and exporting it to the U.S.

Nissan shipped its first batch of 4000 Korea-made Rogues to the U.S. in September, and plans to export around 80,000 to North America annually. Nissan’s U.S. dealers, whose lots have consistently held less than a 30-day supply of the Rogue, have been clamoring for more production. Until Busan came aboard, Rogue production was limited to Nissan's Smyrna, Tenn., plant -- home to the Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder, Leaf, and Infiniti QX60 -- where annual capacity is around 640,000 vehicles for all models. 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD© Provided by MotorTrend 2014 Nissan Rogue SL AWD

Through September 2014, Nissan has sold 154,568 Rogues in the U.S., placing it fifth among compact crossovers behind the Honda CR-V (241,015), Ford Escape (230,162), Toyota RAV4 (202,069), and Chevrolet Equinox (184,805). With Korea production well under way, the Rogue is poised to crack the 200,000 mark as well as the segment's top three.

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