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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Falls Victim To Earthquake

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On: Tue, Jun 7, 2011 at 7:49AM | By: Chris Weiss

Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet Falls Victim To Earthquake

There really hasn't been much good news to come out of Japan since the March earthquake that ravaged the nation. It's been nearly three solid months of natural disaster and ensuing economic, infrastructural, and industrial turmoil. But we may just have a small tidbit of good news: Nissan is having problems producing its painfully awkward Murano CrossCabriolet.

The Murano CrossCab debuted at last year's LA Motor Show, where it became the first convertible, AWD crossover. And it quickly proved why it's the first AWD crossover convertible—because the big chunky body of a crossover looks absolutely awful from nearly every angle without a roof. Still, though, it's a unique offering that may develop some kind of following.

But it won't develop it soon. According toInside Line, Nissan was able to deliver only around 45 Murano CCs this spring because of ongoing post-earthquake production problems. Production on the CrossCab had just begun when the earthquake hit and knocked it back to square one. Production at the Kyushu plant that builds the open-top crossover was stopped for about a month after the quake.

Nissan plans to address the problem, but didn't give a timetable of when Murano CrossCab supply will be up to normal levels. A company spokesman did indicate that the low deliveries so far are a result of the production/supply issues and not a result of poor sales. We have a feeling that poor sales may replace production issues in the future in relegating the CrossCab to Nissan's lowest-volume vehicles. But heck, past oddballs like the Chrysler PT Cruiser, a car that itself had a convertible that's really the only production car even close to the Murano CrossCab, was a great success, so you just never know.

Despite its questionable appearance, the Murano CrossCabriolet is positioned as the head of the Murano family. It gets upgraded equipment like 20-inch wheels, wood trim and leather seats. Pricing starts at $46,390 (seriously).


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