Nissan marked two milestones today with the first U.S.-produced 2014 Nissan Rogue rolling off the line in Smyrna, Tenn. as the facility’s 10 millionth vehicle, according to the Japanese automaker.
The Nissan Rogue is the fifth in five launches of volume models in just 15 months, the company said in a statement.
The shift of Rogue production to the United States is part of Nissan’s broader strategy to build where it sells. By 2015, Nissan aims to have 85 percent of its products that are sold in the United States produced in North America.
Nissan’s U.S. manufacturing footprint in Smyrna spans more than three decades and includes a number of Nissan nameplates such as Altima, Pathfinder, Xterra, Frontier and Sentra.
“Momentum continues as we add new products, jobs and investment to our U.S. manufacturing operations,” said Susan Brennan, Nissan’s vice president of manufacturing in Smyrna. “For more than 30 years, the Smyrna plant has been building high-quality vehicles, and today’s milestone serves as further testament to the flexibility, efficiency and talent of our U.S. workforce.”
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...