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2018 Nissan Murano SUV offers good value with plenty of new features for slight price hike

Nissan this week has announced more details regarding its 2018 Murano SUV including list of prices for each trim level. With a starting price of $30,550 for the entry level S, which is more expensive than the previous model by $810, the Nissan Murano nevertheless introduces a range of new updates and techs for safety.

Both intelligent forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are equipped on all variants. Previously, these two safety features were only available as standard on the higher end trims. The SV level trim has been added with rear cross traffic alert and blind spot warning while the SL level trim and the SV Premium are now equipped with intelligent cruise control.

Nissan apparently has put aside its ProPilot Assist technology on the latest Murano but instead will be offering the same on the new Nissan Rouge as an option.

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2015 Nissan Murano starts at $29,560 in the United States

Nissan has just announced that the 2015 Murano will be priced from $29,560 in the United States. Four trim levels will be available: S, SV, SL and Platinum, while customers will be able to choose between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions. The 2015 Murano SV FWD will cost you $32,620, while the Murano SL FWD will be priced from $36,950.

The top-of-the-line 2015 Murano Platinum FWS is priced at $39.000. the 2015 Murano S AWD $31,160, while the SV version costs $34,220. The 2015 Nissan Murano SL AWD will be priced at $38,550.

The most expensive Murano model will be the Platinum AWD, which is priced at $40,600. Priced to not include the destination charge of $885. Each vehicle comes as standard with a 3.5-liter DOHC V6 rated at 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, bolted to an Xtronic transmission.

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Dealers demand more 2015 Nissan Murano SUVs even before December launch

Nissan Motor Corp. gave a special treatment to the global launch of the redesigned Murano to make sure that the crossover gets the much-needed attention and demand. But, it seems like the resulting demand for the Murano might be too much for Nissan to handle.

With dealers in the United States asking the entire production for the crossover, retailers in other markets may not have a single Murano to sell when its rollout starts on the second week of December. However, Nissan’s assembly line in Mississippi is built to handle production of the Murano for 118 markets, including Europe and Japan.

John Martin, Nissan's North America senior vice president for manufacturing, supply chain management and purchasing, remarked that while they are tasked to produce 94,000 Muranos, the carmaker’s American dealers are asking for “every last one we can make.”

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2015 Nissan Murano now curvier and more fuel efficient

When Nissan Motor Corp. unveiled the first Murano crossover around 12 years ago, heads turned and eyes were fixed on its curves and body. It hopes to replicate the same feat with the redesigned 2015 Murano, which boasts of curvier and more sensual body lines. Not only that, the crossover now boasts of an interior that is more elegant and more spacious seating, featuring fewer control buttons, heated ergonomic rear seats and a panoramic moonroof.

With the new Murano, Nissan hopes to appeal to upscale empty nesters and near-luxury buyers. Scott Pak, senior product manager for the 2015 Murano, remarked that the crossover is not for 34-year-olds, but for those aged 45 and above.

He said that these people wanted a “nice car” as a reward from years of raising kids, unlike those 34-year-olds. Despite the impending arrival of the new crossover late this year, the current model still managed to post a 12-percent jump in January-September sales to 34,823 units. While Nissan has yet to reveal the pricing for the third-generation Murano, the current version carries a starting tag of $29,390, including shipping.

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The oddly designed Nissan Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet will be discontinued starting model year 2015. Both the Cube and the CrossCabriolet are epitome of Nissan's yearning to challenge the auto market with diverging designs.

Nissan decided to discontinue the Cube -- which was rolled out in the United States in 2009 – after posting a 31-percent drop in sales in the in the first six months of 2014 to just 2,294 units.

When the 2008-2009 recession led to slumping sales in traditional US auto segments, Nissan believed that presented an opportunity to appeal to young buyers by introducing a boxy subcompact that despite its lower power, promises 30 mpg in highway fuel economy.

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Nissan Motor Corp. is hoping that its redesigned Nissan Murano that would be unveiled at the New York Auto Show this week would be able to grab attention and capture more sales. In effect, Nissan would be trying to emulate a similar case as with the Hyundai Sonata, which became a serious mid-sized sedan contender following its styling overhaul in 2009.

Nissan brand's global design chief Mamoru Aoki is seeking answers on how the brand's so-so image and how to transform the Altima sedan into one of the top mid-sized family cars. He is hoping that the answer lies in the new design language that will make its debut in the third-generation Murano crossover.

The new Murano boasts of a chiseled aerodynamic look similar to the Resonance concept vehicle unveiled at the 2013 Detroit auto show. The Murano would serve as litmus test as to whether the design language would provide success to its sedans, the real focus of the overhaul. Aoki told Automotive News that its sedans are weak image-wise, with not so strong an impact on the market.

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Back in 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show, Nissan unveiled the Resonance Concept and gave us a glimpse at its future plans. Today, the Japanese company unveiled the 2015 Nissan Murano and honestly we are speechless, as it is one of the sexiest crossover we’ve seen. Clearly inspired by the Resonance Concept, the 2015 Murano carries forward new Nissan design direction featuring the V-Motion front end, the LED boomerang lights, “floating” roof and efficient aerodynamics.

Nissan will bring the 2015 Murano at the 2014 New York International Auto Show, which will open its doors from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 27, 2014. Under the hood, we find a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine bolted to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Just like the previous version, the 2015 Murano will be available in front-wheel drive or Intuitive All-Wheel Drive.

New Murano comes with plenty of technology features such as NissanConnect with Navigation and Mobile Apps, 8-inch color display with multi-touch control, 11-speaker Bose premium audio system and Bluetooth Hands-free Phone System.

Read the entire article 2014 New York Auto Show: 2015 Nissan Murano is one sexy crossover [w/video]

Nissan has launched a teaser video for its redesigned 2015 Murano, ahead of the Mid-sized crossover debut at the New York Auto Show on April 16. “When you see the new Murano, the next Maxima and the future Titan, you will see the improvements we made and the efforts we made to reinforce our organization,” Jose Munoz, Nissan’s North American Chairman, told Automotive News in January.

Nissan considered the redesigned Murano as a halo vehicle as it bids to improve its profitability. Nissan posted the least profits among Japanese carmakers in the last quarter. United States sales chief Fred Diaz told Automotive News in February that they aim to grow sales as helped by the momentum of the 2014 Rogue compact crossover that arrived in November and the 2015 Murano due in the fall.

He remarked that they will place more emphasis on being profitable. Sales of the Murano dropped 14 percent in 2013 to 44,684 units. In the first two months of 2014, Nissan posted a 13-percent fall in Murano sales to 6,077 units.

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In the U.S., the 2014 Nissan Murano is now on sale with a starting MSRP of US$28,440 for the Murano S Front-Wheel Drive model and US$30,230 for the Murano S All-Wheel Drive. These prices are unchanged from the 2013 models. Nissan offers a special Value Package for the SV trim level, which comes with navigation, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, Bose audio system and power liftgate.

This trim level is priced at $2,270, which is $830 cheaper than if these items are bought separately. For the 2014 model, Murano continues to be at the forefront of Nissan's lineup of premium-crafted crossovers with a generous combination of comfort, convenience and advanced technology features, such as Moving Object Detection (MOD), Blind Spot Warning (BSW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) systems.

The improvements for 2014 include the use of the graphite interior with Tinted Bronze exterior (aside from its Black interior color).

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Nissan chief executive Carlos Ghosn has ordered to shift the production of the Murano crossover from Japan to Canton, Miss., as part of a promise to reduce the carmaker’s dependence on Japanese manufacturing and be more competitive in North America. The shift is set to occur during the second half of 2014, when the next-generation Murano is expected to be rolled out.

The Murano will become the eighth model on Canton's plate as well the third nameplate that Ghosn has shifted out of Japan in recent months. Around 90 percent of Muranos are produced at Nissan's Kyushu site in Japan.

Around 70 percent of the plant's production was exported to the United States. Nissan assembles the Murano in China and Russia. Nissan's Smyrna plant in Tennessee has just commenced building the Leaf electric vehicle, which is meant to compete in the US since the carmaker started importing it from Japan in December 2010.

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The 2013 Nissan Murano will feature several equipment and color changes as well as have its pricing moderately adjusted, as the base model will cost $30,340. At one time, the Murano was named a styling leader in the two-row crossover segment. Even today, it’s still one of the more attractive models currently available.

One model only increased by less than $100 while several increased by over $1000. It still is available with the 260-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 and CVT transmission, unchanged from last year’s model. The most significant change for the 2013 model year is the availability of two new colors and a new Value Package on the SV Trim.

The SV Value Package comes with a power liftgate, 9-speaker Bose audio system with dual rear subwoofers, and a navigation system. This package costs $2270, which is $830 cheaper than if the features were individually purchased. The Navigation and Platinum Edition packages are both equipped with Nissan’s set of Safety Shield technologies, including the Moving Object Detection, Blind Spot Warning and Lane Departure Warning.

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Nissan global design chief Shiro Nakamura has made a pledge that within two years, we will be surprised with the designs of the next versions of the Nissan Maxima sedan and Murano crossover. When interviewed by Automotive News, Nakamura said that the first Murano in 2002 had stunned people. Nissan’s inspiration this time is the third-generation Murano from the Terra Concept.

The Terra is set to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show. It is a wild fuel-cell concept car with a ground clearance that has been elevated, a chopped roofline, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. This striking vehicle won’t ever be offered in showrooms. Several of its styling features give us a preview of the new Murano’s design.

A new version of the Nissan Murano is scheduled to make its debut in 2014. At this time, it will transfer the production of U.S.-spec versions from Japan to Tennessee. Nissan will be able to raise profits if it builds the model in the U.S. rather than if it’s exported from Japan. The first Nissan Murano will make its debut in 2002 while a new version will be presented in 2009.

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Nissan Motor Co. will transfer the production of the Murano crossover from Japan to its Smyrna, Tenn., plant sometime in 2014, which is when the Murano is slated to have a full model modification, according to Japan’s Nikkan Kogyo business daily. This is part of Nissan’s plan to overhaul production while the yen continues to soar.

In 2011, Nissan delivered 85,000 Muranos in 2011 at plants in Japan, Russia and China. However, 90% were built at Nissan’s Kyushu plant in southwestern Japan. Around 70% of what’s built at this plant is exported to the U.S. Nissan has yet to comment on this issue. By transferring the Murano’s production line to Smyrna, it will mean that the Murano will be built alongside the Altima and Maxima sedans.

These three are built on the same platform. Nissan hopes to lessen the impact of the exchange rate because of the vehicles exported from Japan. Previously, Nissan has announced that production of the Rogue compact crossover will be moved to Smyrna from Japan when that vehicle is redesigned for the 2014 model year. Through August, Nissan has sold 35,637 Muranos in the U.S., standing for a 4.2% increase.

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There aren’t many who would disagree with the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet taking the title of "Most Disliked 2011 Car." So many auto reviewers are saying that the CrossCabrio could join the ranks of the Mercedes R-class and the Pontiac Aztek that were similarly maligned.

The common complaints about the CrossCabrio include its shakiness and sluggishness as well as its being lumpy and dumpy. The Murano CrossCabriolet is an all-wheel-drive Murano crossover which had its two rear doors removed.

Instead, of a metal roof, it now has an automatic folding fabric top. If the Jeep Wrangler is excluded, it can be named as the first convertible crossover. It features a raised suspension and high deck lid and looks a bit like an artichoke on wheels, the prototypical niche vehicle. It is a four-seater and when fully loaded, it has an MSRP of $47,520.

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As the auto industry reels from disruptions in parts supply due to the March 21 earthquake, Nissan North America will limit orders for several new cars and delay the convertible’s debut, according to two sources. In addition, there’s a limit on orders in some colors due to pigment shortages.

In an April 15 conference call with retailers, Nissan said that these pigments are mainly red, blue and gray. Nissan is undertaking these limits to stabilize production operations after the Japan disaster.

Rivals Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. have also made similar actions. Sources said that Nissan informed dealers about its plan to change the factory production mix to shift more of its limited resources to its best-selling vehicles.

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As you may know already, Nissan unveiled the Murano CrossCabriolet back in 2010 at the LA Auto Show. Honestly to tell you we can’t really understand this car, but it appears that the Japanese production thinks this is a serious business and that the car will not steal buyers from Toyota, Honda and Hyundai, but from the luxury world of BMW, Audi and Volvo.

Whoa ?!?!?? Apparently, Nissan thinks that the new car which costs $47,300, will attract buyers of the Lexus RX crossover, BMW 3 series and Audi A4.

Still, we don’t get it! Moreover, the new Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is in the price range of the higher-end products and the manufacturer says that the car offers luxury buyers a convertible alternative that doesn't exist elsewhere.

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At last, the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet was introduced today at the 2010 LA Auto Show! Yes, we know… it is weird to see a convertible crossover, but we don’t say we hate it… actually we kinda like it! And if you believe that the transformation of the car is just removing the top, you’d better think again as the manufacturer had quite a hard job in creating this CrossCabriolet.

As you can see from the photos, the car has only two doors and not four like the standard car. Furthermore, the car is with 7.9 inches longer than 4-door Murano front doors, and comes without the B-pillars, as well as with a reinforced structure. The new cloth convertible top comes with a rear glass skylight in order to provide a wide-open interior environment. The hydraulically operated top mechanism includes an automatic power latch/unlatch system.

Some of the features included by the new car are the new High Intensity Discharge (HID) bi-functional xenon projector headlights fitted with auto on/off function, front fog lights and Nissan 370Z-inspired LED taillights. Moreover, the car comes with body-colored front and rear bumpers, chrome door handles, body-colored dual power/heated outside mirrors, and rear window defroster with timer.

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Nissan revealed today the first all-wheel drive crossover convertible, the 2011 Murano CrossCabriolet. The new car promises to deliver the open-air exhilaration of a convertible as well as the versatility of the Murano, providing lots of space for four adults as well as for golf bags or luggage and event with the top down.

Furthermore, the Murano CrossCabriolet represents a breakthrough in concept and design and will hit the showrooms in early 2011. The official debut of the car will be made next week, at the 2010 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Regarding the engine, the new car is expected to carry the same standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 found on the standard model. This engine delivers 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque, and uses an advanced Xtronic CVT transmission.

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Nissan North America announced today the 2011 Nissan Murano will carry a price tag of $28,500 (Murano S FWD). Regarding the new 2011 model year, this offers a refreshed grille and bumper design, new taillights, a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design and a number of interior and content refinements.

These refinements include wood and aluminum accents, a 60/40 fold-flat rear seat with power return, heated front and rear seats, power liftgate and RearView Monitor.

Furthermore, the 2011 Murano comes with a new white meter color, new center stack colors and added equipment to various trim levels – driver’s seat with power lumbar support (SV), RearView Monitor (SV), 7.0-inch color monitor (SV), auto dimming rearview mirror with compass and HomeLink Universal Transceiver (SL) and heated steering wheel (SL). The 2011 model year also brings two new models: SV FWD ($31,910) and SV AWD ($33,510).

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Back in July, we saw the Euro spec 2011 Murano Facelift and we liked it a lot. Today, Nissan North America made us happy and revealed the U.S. spec version of the 2011 Murano. Set to go on sale in mid-October, the second generation Nissan Murano features a new front grille and bumper, new taillights, a number of interior and content refinements as well as a new 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheel design.

For the 2011 model year, Nissan added two new models, SV FWD and SV AWD, which meand that the Murano range includes a total of eight models providing customers with the widest range ever of equipment and features to match their exact needs and budgets. Besides these additions, the new models introduce a new exterior color dubbed Graphite Blue and a new wood grain hue on Murano LE models.

Under the hood, we will find the standard VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 delivering 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gasoline. The engine is mated to an Xtronic CVT transmission that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience.

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