Exclusive: Nissan won’t build Rogue in Japan after facelift

TOKYO (BestGrowthStock) – Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: ) will stop building the Rogue in Japan at the crossover’s next remodeling around 2013, transferring output of one of its best-selling U.S. models to reduce exposure to the strong yen, an executive with direct knowledge of the matter said.

“There won’t be another Rogue made in Japan (when it is remodeled),” the executive said, declining to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter.

The end of production of the Rogue at Nissan’s Kyushu factory would result in a hole as big as 100,000 vehicles a year at the southern Japanese plant, and comes at a sensitive time for Japan’s second-biggest automaker.

Nissan is looking to spin off the Kyushu factory, which builds about 430,000 cars a year including the Teana and X-Trail models, into a new subsidiary by late 2011 to allow it to broach wage negotiations with labor unions and seek lower prices from suppliers.

The yen’s strength against the dollar has made vehicles shipped from Japan to the United States less attractive and profitable, and Japanese automakers are searching for ways to avoid currency-related losses.

In the first 11 months of 2010, Nissan sold more than 89,000 Rogue crossovers in the United States, the world’s second-biggest market, accounting for just over a third of its light trucks.

Nissan has two assembly plants in the United States, in Smryna, Tennessee and Canton, Mississippi.

(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim; Editing by Joseph Radford)

Exclusive: Nissan won’t build Rogue in Japan after facelift