Why did the press launch for a Canada-market-only vehicle take place in Nashville, Tenn.?
Well, Nashville is known as the Music City, but it might as well be called Nissan-ville.
The company’s factory in nearby Smyrna cranks out the Altima sedan and Leaf electric car, as well as the Pathfinder and related Infiniti QX60 wagons.
The hot-selling Rogue utility vehicle is also built there, but not the smaller-yet-related Qashqai — Rogue Sport in the United States — as they will be imported from Japan.
But how closely related are the Rogue Sport and the Qashqai? For the April 28 ride-and-drive, the badges of the U.S. vehicles were literally peeled off and replaced with shiny Qashqai pieces. There are some differences, chief among them being the availability of a manual-transmission, front-wheel-drive model in Canada. The U.S. market only gets the continuously variable transmission (CVT).
The French connection