The first U.S.-made Nissan Rogue rolled off the production line today in Smyrna, Tenn., and Nissan says the vehicle is the 10 millionth built at the plant, which opened in 1983.
Production of the redesigned 2014 Rogue compact crossover in Smyrna is part of a product renewal blitz by Nissan, which has redesigned five core vehicles representing 74 percent of the brand's U.S. volume, in 15 months. The other four redesigned nameplates are the Altima, Sentra, Versa and Pathfinder.
By 2015, Nissan says it hopes to build in North America 85 percent of the products it sells in the United States.
U.S. sales of the Rogue have risen 43 percent in two years, to 142,349 in 2012 from 99,515 in 2010. This year through September, U.S. Rogue sales are up 14 percent from the same period last year, to 124,669.
Nissan's Smyrna plant produces five Nissan nameplates -- the Rogue, Altima, Maxima, Pathfinder and Leaf -- and the Infiniti QX60. It also makes lithium ion battery modules for the Leaf.