2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet – Click above for high-res image gallery

We're hearing less and less about the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the resulting supply chain disruptions, but that doesn't mean the issues have gone away. Inside Line reports that the brand new Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is the latest vehicle hurt by the natural disaster.

The earthquake struck Japan just as Murano CrossCabriolet production was ramping up, and as a result the automaker was able to ship only 40 to 50 vehicles to customers. That's bad news for any new vehicle fresh off a launch, but it's especially damaging to a convertible at the beginning of the summer buying season. With the production of the CrossCabriolet stalled, Nissan likely won't be able to make up volume until fall or later, and convertible sales almost always drop along with the temperature.

The Murano CrossCabriolet delay is bad news for a unique, ultra-niche vehicle that's a bit of a risk in terms of function and price. After all, there aren't many Nissan models that start at $47,190, and there no other crossover coupes with a stowable top.

Hopefully, Nissan can jump-start production of the Murano CrossCabriolet before it's too late, if only to give Nissan's topless gamble a fair shot at success.


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      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the headline should read 'Nissan Murano Cabrio future uncertain after Product Engineers' hangover wore off.'
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        "automaker was able to ship only 40 to 50 vehicles to customers" Because that's all that was ordered.
        JasonERF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Drakkon
        Or: "Nissan Officially Gives Up and Produces This"
      timebecomes
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the automaker was able to ship only 40 to 50 vehicles to customers." Wait, does that mean that more than 40-50 people actually odered one of these!?
      Awjvail
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shame.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the production is impacted by BAD TASTE!!
      brice63
      • 3 Years Ago
      there are gonna be allot of pissed off blind people out there who no longer can get their Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet order.
      Red
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's ugly enough to cause an Earthquake!
      rgee01
      • 3 Years Ago
      WAIT This was real? I thought this was an April Fool's joke when it was first announced! Oh god
      roadkill
      • 3 Years Ago
      40-50 that sounds like about all the orders they would have, almost sounds ahead of schedule!
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @roadkill
        yeah, the orders are from the japanese embassy
      Rider
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should take it as a blessing, write off the entire project and collect on the insurance claim. My cat has coughed up better looking things.
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      B
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first bit of good news out of this mess.
      stsainj
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Murano CrossCabriolet is an unnatural disaster in and of itself
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