At the Geneva auto show, we talked to Nissan chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura about the Murano CC. It wasn't his baby, that's for sure.
Where did the idea for a convertible crossover come from?
[CEO] Carlos Ghosn was the instigator. He came up with the idea three years ago. The sketches were promising, so we went ahead with it. Murano is an upmarket product, and with this version we were targeting affluent, aged customers.
How much of the car is new?
Pretty much everything behind the firewall had to be done over. Murano is a four-door, of course, so all the bodywork is new, and we had to make the structure stiffer. The top is automatic, so it's practical, and the great advantage over all other convertibles is in rear seating space. -- Robert Cumberford