Today Nissan announced that they would be using excess production capacity available in Japan to manufacture the Qashqai for the North American market.
Nissan's announcement is somewhat unsurprising following last months announcement by CEO Carlos Ghosen that Nissan would be making moves to boost production from its Japanese factories, taking advantage of the weaker Yen.
The Qashqai will join the Rogue at Nissan's Fukuoka plant, starting from "around next spring". Nissan plans to build in the ballpark of 100,000 Qashqais for the USA and Canada. That may or may not be enough to satisfy North American demand. Europe currently gobbles up some 300,000 units annually from their UK facility.
The latest announcement pushes domestic production (Japan) of Nissan vehicles to 1.1 million, meeting their 2016 target.