First Drive: 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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

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Ziad
You know there is a retired quarterback somewhere that holds the record for the most interceptions in a game who has a bottle of champaign ready for that day that some other poor player breaks his records and takes his place as the butt of jokes on the pre-game shows. Well the designers of the Pontiac Aztek and the Dodge Caliber can break out their bottles because the Nissan Morano CrossCrap has set the new standard for unsightly.
BigBlock45
I stopped reading three-quarters through. This particular Murano CC MUST be a cobbled up testing mule that grew out of a nightmare!Someone in Nissan product design needs to go before they create another disaster Crossovers by definition of purpose have roofs, rear hatches, 4-doors, and 6-gears (auto or manual)!
chaetophile
Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Fabulous article, you big nancy bottoms.Nissan, put it out of our misery, quick as you can. It makes the Lexus SC look like a butch top.

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