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No. 2 Never Looked so Good
by Craig Cole

Nameplates like Camry and F-150 are legends in the automotive industry. These vehicles sell in massive numbers, spreading across the market like blame at an AA meeting.

Nissan’s most popular product in America is the Altima midsize sedan, but did you know its No. 2 vehicle is the Rogue? Yes, this compact crossover has won the hearts and monthly payments of thousands of Americans that are in the market for an efficient, affordable utility vehicle. To keep this important nameplate relevant, engineers and designers have completely overhauled it for 2014.

The Rogue was introduced for the 2008 model year and since then its sales have steadily increased. Calendar-year-to-date deliveries are up almost 14 percent and all told nearly 650,000 of them have been sold in the U.S. since it first went on sale.

PARLEZ-VOUS RENAULT? HEI!

Nissan and Renault joined forces back in 1999 but aside from some corporate connections they really haven’t shared much on the vehicle front, until now. The 2014 Rogue is built atop a brand-new platform called the Common Module Family or CMF for short. It’s the automakers’ first shared architecture, taking advantage of the best both companies offer.

Despite its all-new Franco-Japanese underpinnings the latest Rogue is remarkably similar in size to today’s version. Its wheelbase is up by a little more than half an inch but its overall length is down by one inch. Adding interior space, the total width has been increased by 1.5 inches; curiously though height is identical between the two models at a whisker more than five and a half feet. Overall interior space in the 2014 model has grown by more than 8 cubic feet.

In the future CMF will support multiple vehicles and will be available in more than 190 countries around the world. For even more global flair the all-new Rogue is assembled in Smyrna, Tennessee. The outgoing model is built at Nissan’s Kyushu facility in Japan.
Read the complete 2014 Nissan Rogue Review at AutoGuide.com
 
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