New Rogue uses new production techniques
Nissan has sold more than 3 million Rogues in 13 years
The 2021 Nissan Rogue is rolling off the production line at the automaker’s plant in Tennessee. The all-new model adds new style and new tech to the Rogue, but Nissan says that the assembly of the vehicle is new and improved too, thanks to new robots as well as virtual reality.
Rogue is Nissan’s best-selling model in the US and has sold nearly 3 million units to date. The crossover is built at Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly, located in Smyrna, TN, where Nissan has made extensive improvements to the production process.
Nissan calls the new robots “collaborative car manufacturing robots” or Cobots. They support automation in the factory, assisting with tasks that are repetitive and difficult for humans, leaving actual workers to perform more skilled tasks. That, Nissan says, improves vehicle quality. The new Rogue will use more of these Cobots than any other model launch the company has made.
“Not only have we improved the way we build the new Rogue, the team is using this new technology to build all the vehicles in our U.S. plants with better efficiency and quality for customers,” said David Johnson, vice president, Production Engineering and New Model Quality, Nissan North America.
Helping put together the Rogue, manufacturing engineers with Nissan used virtual reality to help troubleshoot the production systems before they made the production floor. Ironing out bugs and identifying manufacturability concerns before the first steel panels were cut. The engineers were also able to work with plant production technicians to identify concerns, get virtual feedback, and help prevent delays.
The 2021 Rogue is set to arrive at dealers this fall.