Say Farewell to the Nissan Rogue Hybrid
In an effort to make its manufacturing leaner (and profits higher), Nissan announced plans this month to cut at least 10 percent of its nameplates from around the world under the Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun names. It looks like the first model to go the way of the dinosaurs is the Nissan Rogue Hybrid.
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While Nissan lavishes attention all over the Nissan LEAF, it didn’t seem to share the same enthusiasm for its first hybrid crossover. Jalopnik discovered that there wasn’t even a picture of the hybrid version on Nissan’s press site, which seems to indicate how important it was to the company.
We wonder why the Nissan Rogue Hybrid never found a fan base, considering how popular the standard Rogue is. Both Digital Trends and Jalopnik wonder if it’s because the hybrid upcharge on the crossover only earned an increase of five miles per gallon combined in fuel efficiency, according to EPA estimates. When it comes to competing brands, the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Ford Escape will stay on sale for 2020.
Needless to say, if you’ve been dreaming of driving a Nissan Rogue and helping the environment, you have a very short period of time before the remaining hybrid models disappear from dealership lots. As to what other cars will get axed, industry experts wonder if Nissan will follow in the footsteps of GM and Ford and start cutting down on how many sedan models it offers for sale.
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Change is coming at Nissan. Will you be sad to see the Rogue Hybrid go, or will you be looking to the future for something more exciting?