• Mar 28, 2011
2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're really curious as to whether or not the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet has what it takes to succeed in the U.S. market. If our friends to the north are any indication, it won't be such a big hit, especially in regions that receive snow and ice.

The Globe and Mail reports that Nissan Canada isn't interested in selling the funky crossover/convertible, preferring instead to sit back and gauge the vehicle's U.S. launch before committing to anything. Ian Forsyth, Nissan Canada director of planning and strategy, told the newspaper that they "continue to assess the opportunity and success in the U.S. market to see if there is evidence to support a change in our position."

The top of the Canada sales chart is typically filled with economy cars like the Mazda3 and trucks like the Ford F-150, so we can see why a country with six months of snow can do without the CrossCabriolet. Still, since we Americans are all too used to being overlooked for vehicles that are offered in Europe, we know some of our Canadian friends won't be too happy to hear this.



Photos copyright ©2011 Chris Paukert / AOL

[Source: Globe and Mail]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      If Liberace was alive and looking for a new car, this would be it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        No, he has better taste.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan made this instead of, say, a new 240sx? Screw you Nissan. Love, Canada.
      • 3 Years Ago
      People WILL buy this and they will love it. We own 2 Murano's and they are wonderful vehicles. Best Cross Over we tested then bought, and remember - Nissan invented the cross-over. Well in a few years, I'll be happy to sell these on the Canadian used market at a premium I might ad. You all laughed when the Cube came out - well people bought them and love them, and it's also true with the Juke. Keep laughing at Nissan - they are eating up Honda and Toyota market share and have some really great vehicles and ideas. Ever hear of the 2012 Nissan GT-R? It'll smoke anything 99.99% of Autoblog readers keep in their garage or race on the track.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan would have done much better with an Altima coupe convertible, as a lower cost option to the Infiniti G convertible. With this thing, you lose two back doors along with the ability to haul stuff that makes an SUV make sense. People also won't be hauling their kids in car seats around in this thing.

      Something tells me the same person who is responsible for the Juke and Leaf is responsible for this. I will be waiting for the announcement that Nissan is getting a new head of design.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can't blame Canda (Contrary to what Southpark says...) I cannot figure out the purpose of this vehicle. The closest thing I can think of is when full-sized Blazers and Broncos had removable hard roofs. Wouldn't a 3 Series or Mustang convertible be a better option for the vast majority of the population?

      I agree with JasonK that this car represents an interesting risk for Nissan, but I am doubtful that it will be compelling enough to carve out its own niche.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can really only imagine using this as a rental car somewhere tropical with a few dirt roads. I'd never buy one.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i really wanna know who does nissan's market research...who would want to drive around in a thing like THAT?!
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats nice huge big DISS on Nissan Japan. Thanks Nissan Canada.

      Nissan needs to listen to its market needs, and not try to jam product designs down the throats of its dealers.

      someone had to say something!

      • 3 Years Ago
      Which part of Canada gets 6 months of snow?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Canada does not go up to the North Pole. It includes the magnetic North Pole, but that's completely different.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It can snow at any point between October and April in Ottawa (that's 7 months) and we're not even that far North. Canada goes all the way up the north pole. Santa is technically Canadian.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not that I want a CrossCab, but to say, "a country with six months of snow"? That's just silly. Here in Vancouver, we're lucky to get 6 days of snow, let alone weeks or months. Funny how American's stereotype Canada as being some igloo-infested wonderland, when Northern stated probably get just as much, if not more snow than most major Canadian cities
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a surprise!

      /sarcasm

      Something tells me that a lot of buyers in the US are going to take a pass as well....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Honestly, except for a small glimmer of hope that I can spot a GT-R inside a showroom (hasn't happened yet, but some day...), I drive right past the Nissan dealership these days.
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a Canadian, I could care less about this vehicle and actually thank Nissan Canada for sparing us from this trash.
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