Nissan adds U.S. jobs to build Rogue SUV
Nissan is adding 900 jobs to start making the Rogue crossover SUV at its Tennessee plant, the Japanese automaker says. The new jobs are in addition to 800 positions added at the same plant last year. Building the Rogue in the United States for the first time is part of the Japanese automaker's plan to have 85 percent of vehicles sold in the U.S. produced in North America. Rogue production is scheduled to begin this fall.
— The Associated Press
Yakima, Spokane make auto-theft top 10 list
A per-capita review of vehicle thefts from the nation's metropolitan areas placed Yakima and Spokane in the top 10 for theft rates in 2012. Yakima was fifth and Spokane was ninth on the list. The rest of the top 10 were California cities. California's budget cuts have sliced into law enforcement, experts say. They also say the state has more vehicles than other states, access to ports and borders for smuggling, and mild weather that keeps cars in good shape.
Top 10 metropolitan areas for vehicle thefts:
1. Modesto, Calif.
2. Fresno, Calif.
3. Bakersfield/Delano, Calif.
4. Stockton, Calif.
5. Yakima, Wash.
6. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif.
7. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.
8. Vallejo/Fairfield, Calif.
9. Spokane/Spokane Valley, Wash.
10. Redding, Calif.
— Bloomberg News and NWautos staff