Renault-Nissan plans to increase its shipment of Nissan Rogue crossovers from South Korea to the United States by 38 percent this year to cater to increasing demand in North America. The alliance had planned to build 80,000 US-bound Rogues at Renault’s site in South Korea, but demand has tipped them to build 30,000 more to 110,000 units.
Nissan commenced production of the Rogue crossover in South Korea in 2014, which has allowed Renault Samsung, its partner’s local unit, to use the idle capacity at its South Korean plant. Renault Samsung saw its local sales dwindle by almost half in 2012, no thanks to increasing competition from Hyundai Motor Co. and German carmakers.
Renault Samsung, however, has seen its sales recover since then. The Rogue crossover is Nissan’s No.2 model in terms of sales in the US, with the Altima midsize sedan reigning as the brand’s best-seller.
Nissan sold 13-percent more Rogues in January 2015 than in the same month last year. Nissan transferred the output of the crossover from Japan to the US and commenced its production in Tennessee in 2013.