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It doesn't take a genius to read the writing on the wall -- CUVs are the hottest segment in the automotive industry right now, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. The growth in CUV sales over the past few years has been staggering. In 2015, sales grew 57 percent over the previous year, so you'd be crazy as an automaker to not compete in this segment.
It shouldn't come as much of a surprise then that Nissan's Vice President of Product Strategy Pierre Loing recently told Car and Driver that the company will be looking to add two more sub-Rogue sized CUVs to it's American lineup this year.
This statement all but confirms the Qashqai's introduction to the US market. It's already Nissan's best selling model in Europe so the company has reason to expect it to do well in the American market.
The other CUV is a little bit more of a mystery. It will likely be a replacement for the Juke which looks like fun, but isnt selling that well, as sales were down 29 percent last year finishing at 27,121 units. There are two possibilities for it's replacement.
The first is a production version of the Kicks concept that debuted in Sao Paulo in 2014. That vehicle has already been confirmed for release in the South American market.
The other possibility is a production version of the Gripz concept which was first seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September.
Do you think this makes the Qashqai a sure thing for the American market?