Five Overseas Nissans That Should be Sold in the U.S.

We got a taste of what Nissan sells overseas, and we want some of it for ourselves

By Jacob Brown | Photos By Jacob Brown | October 01, 2013
It's not every day when we have the chance to drive cars not sold in the U.S. But at the recent Nissan 360 event in Irvine, California, the automaker gathered up most of its internationally sold products-- many of which are only available overseas--to let automotive journalists see what we're missing out on, as well as give us a state of the company address over the course of three days. Japanese journalists naturally gravitated towards leviathans like the Nissan Titan; Mexican journalists huddled around the Nissan GT-R, which isn't sold there; and Americans, we generally took to driving some of the wackier stuff that we can't get on our shores. Some aren't sold in the U.S. because they couldn't be federalized; others are perfectly suited for showrooms here. We simply don't get them because Nissan doesn't believe the market exists for them. Yet, at least.
After seeing more than 100 classic and modern Nissan and Infiniti concepts and production cars and driving somewhere around 30 of them, we've compiled a short list of vehicles we'd love to see sold in the U.S. that currently aren't.
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One they didn't mention is the 7-seat version of the Rogue (called the Qashqai everywhere else). The Qashqai+2 has been a best seller since late 2008, would compete with and undercut the Mazda X-9 and Acura and Audi models. I would buy one in a heartbeat to replace my 10 y/o Mazda MPV, especially if they sold it with the Tech Diesel it comes with in Europe. My wife's cousin has one in Italy and it is a truly great SUV. Nissan thinks it would compete with the Pathfinder, but they sell to totally different consumers.

We're not missing anything with the Micra. Although they are MANY times over the most common Nissan all over Europe, they're just mid-pack at best among the small cars offered there.

Jacob Brown
Jacob Brown

@heyfred3000 There's no need for it. The next X-Trail is coming here as the 2014 Rogue with an available third row of seats. I picked cars that the current (and soon-to-be current) U.S. lineup didn't overlap with too much.

I could write a whole review on it, but it's a little out of our ballpark. Still, so much want. I'll tell you more about it when I see you next. -Jacob