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Old 11-15-10, 03:41 AM   #16
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Tough tough segment for Nissan to enter. Here's a list of some past 2-door models that did not make it: Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4-Runner, Suzuki Samari, Kia Sportage, Ford Explorer Sport, Ford Bronco and Bronco II, Land Rover Defender 90, Chevy Tahoe/GMC Yukon, Chevy S-10 Blazer/GMC S-15 Jimmy, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Isuzu VehiCross, Geo Tracker, et al.
I'm thinking Nissan could peddle this easier on the edgier and lower slung Juke and not the elongated and bulbous Murano.
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The look is odd to me.
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Old 11-15-10, 11:41 AM   #18
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looks pretty good. I think it will sell decently, primarily due to American's (especially American women's) obsession with sitting up high in a tall vehicle a la SUVs. Looks better than the Z vert, lol, although I'd lower it about 3-4 inches...
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It actually... looks good. It's a definite style statement for the ladies.

Big issues facing this... structural rigidity, how it looks top-up, actual utility which justifies getting it over a car convertible. Then again, it may have just enough raw appeal to overcome any deficiencies in those areas.

I don't think Nissan is consciously trying to open a new segment niche with this. I think it's more about extending as already popular model's range.
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Nice rental car in Hawaii maybe.
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No where near as ugly as I expected. Wonder what it looks like with the top up.

And for all you Murano dissers out there... So there!
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I think it will sell decently, primarily due to American's (especially American women's) obsession with sitting up high in a tall vehicle a la SUVs. ..

yeah. the chicks will eat it up. but can they drive ?
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Just showed it to my assistant, who is a single mom in her early 40s.

She likes what she sees...
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Just showed it to my assistant, who is a single mom in her early 40s.

She likes what she sees...
lol...If they were going to go with this world first maybe they should have let it debut with an Infiniti instead of a Nissan. For now Nissan seems to say its a luxury style vehicle and surely it will be 45-50k loaded. I could not believe Murano prices for the loaded models.

I wonder who is going to be next to offer this?
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I wonder who is going to be next to offer this?
There was once a rumor of a open-top FJ Cruiser (alla Jeep Wrangler).

Alas, the FJ is going to be a single generation model. The idea never bloomed...
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There was once a rumor of a open-top FJ Cruiser (alla Jeep Wrangler).

Alas, the FJ is going to be a single generation model. The idea never bloomed...
Lets go back into time

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Other manufacturers are going to be sitting back watching what happens just like we will. It's a gamble, but one which could pay off.
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It's clear what Nissan is doing here. They already have a full lineup of products that "answers all the questions everyone asks". That is not the point of this vehicle. Obviously they are trying to create a new niche of products which separates them from Toyota, Honda, and the rest. There is nothing wrong with that. Clearly, they are not going to sell 20,000 of these per month. That is not the objective with this kind of product. But for those who have unusual taste and are looking for something a bit different, models like this and the Juke, Leaf, etc, answers the questions that THOSE buyers ask.

For a brand like Acura to offer a niche product like this (**cough cough ZDX cough cough**), it would be a joke (as they do not currently have a full product lineup). But why does Nissan or any full line automaker have to always play it safe and stick with the status quo of socially acceptable vehicles?
Just because Nissan can do something doesn't mean they should.

This is not exactly an aspirational car, or an ambitious niche they are trying to enter here.

Tell me, how did the PT Cruiser convertible do in the market?

Nissan already has the Juke anyways along with the Cube. I don't think Nissan wants to be known as "that weird" automaker with a lineup full of strange niche vehicles.
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Just because Nissan can do something doesn't mean they should.

This is not exactly an aspirational car, or an ambitious niche they are trying to enter here.
And just who exactly are you to say that this type of vehicle isn't something one might aspire to?

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Tell me, how did the PT Cruiser convertible do in the market?
Tell me, how did the CLS do in the market?
Tell me, how did the Prius do in the market?
Tell me, how did the X6 do in the market?

Furthermore, the PT Cruiser is not, was not, never will be as successful as the Murano was and is. Apples to oranges.
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Right... that makes sense...

You are comparing an SUV with actual cargo capacity, a roof you can mount a rack onto, and the convenience of moving people since it has 4 doors to a 2 door, no cargo, no sport piece of metal with wheels.
hate to break it to you but I bet 99% of SUV owners never use the roof rack capability.
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