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FACING UNION HURDLES, NISSAN TO TRANSFER ROGUE PRODUCTION TO U.S.

By Andrew Ganz

The Nissan Rogue crossover has proven so popular with buyers in North America that the Japanese automaker is planning to transfer most production to one of its North American assembly plant in 2013.

The move will also help Nissan spin off its Kyushu, Japan, factory into a new subsidiary in order to better negotiate with unions and to reduce supplier costs. Like other Japanese automakers, Nissan is faced with the increasingly difficult task of being able to export its domestically-assembled vehicles in an era marked by the weak U.S. dollar. Its biggest hurdle remains trying to reduce wages negotiated by its unions.

Nissan currently builds most Rogues in either Canton, Mississippi, Kyushu or Taiwan, but the automaker’s largest market for the small crossover is North America. The automaker has not said where it will build Rogues, but it has excess capacity in both Canton, Mississippi, and Smyrna, Tennesse.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/facing-union-hurdles-nissan-to-transfer-rogue-production-to-u-s.html

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