Nissan Rogue Hybrid Under Consideration for US

Nissan is considering bringing its Rogue hybrid model to the U.S.

The Japanese automaker introduced the hybrid Rogue in Japan featuring the company’s one-motor, two-clutch hybrid system combined with a lithium-ion battery. In Japan, Nissan expects the Rogue hybrid model to make up 40 percent of the crossover’s sales. As demand for hybrid models are expected to increase over the next five years, the Rogue’s chief engineer Nobusuke Toukura admits that the Rogue hybrid is under consideration for the U.S. to meet emissions regulations.

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It is expected that hybrids will make up five percent of worldwide passengers cars this year and that number could grow to seven percent by 2020. Electrified vehicles in Japan make up almost 21 percent of the market. The Rogue is Nissan’s second best-selling model in the U.S., behind the Altima sedan with sales rising to 64,486 units in the first three months of 2015, marking a 28 percent increase.

[Source: Automotive News]

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