Detroit Bureau on Twitter

Posts Tagged ‘Nissan Murano’

Four of Seven Midsize Utes Fare Poorly in Crash Tests

Only Nissan Murano takes IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus rating.

by on May.12, 2015

The Nissan Murano slams into a barrier as part of the IIHS small overlap crash test.

Only three of the seven midsize SUVs scored well in a series of front-end crash tests designed to simulate real-world accidents.

And only one of the 2015 models, the Nissan Murano, earned the coveted Top Safety Pick Plus rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, though the Ford Flex and Jeep Wrangler also passed the small overlap crash test designed to simulate what happens when a vehicle’s corner clips another car or a utility pole.

Your Informed Source!

The test has posed some serious challenges for manufacturers and has led to a number of vehicle redesigns since it was first used in 2012. In the small overlap test, 25% of a vehicle’s front end strikes a barrier at 40 mph.

(more…)

Nissan Rapidly Boosting US Production

Launch of new Murano bringing local production to 85%.

by on Dec.05, 2014

Jose Munoz, the CEO of Nissan North America, with the third-generation, 2015 Murano.

For its part, Nissan operates two major assembly plants in the U.S. The biggest is in Smyrna, Tennessee, a plant capable of producing up to 650,000 vehicles annually, and employing 8,000 hourly workers. The mile long factory produces the midsize Altima and the Leaf battery-electric vehicle, among other models.

About 400 miles to the southwest, Nissan’s plant in Canton, Mississippi employs another 6,000 blue-collar workers. While production is lower than at Smyrna, the Canton factory is one of the most flexible in the American market, capable of production eight different models, including both car-like unibody vehicles, such as the Murano, and frame-based trucks.

As the first of Nissan’s new third-generation Murano crossovers roll into showrooms this month, buyers will find a lighter, more stylish and more fuel-efficient vehicle. But what only a few are likely to notice is that the new model also will be made in the U.S.

Nissan’s big assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi has become the new, global production base for the 2015 Murano – which until now had rolled off a Nissan line in Kyushu, Japan.

Insight!

“We want to localize more of everything we do,” noted Pierre Loing, the head of product planning for Nissan North America.

(more…)

Nissan Moves Up-Market with 2015 Murano Redesign

Midsize CUV moves up-market.

by on Apr.14, 2014

Nissan's Andy Palmer introduced the all-new Murano for 2015.

Nissan delivered real game-changer when it introduced the original Murano back in late 2002, the midsize crossover breaking with the styling trends of the day that made most CUVs look like traditional, truck-based sport-utility vehicles.

The Japanese maker is back with an all-new Murano which will reach showrooms later this year, and the challenge was to come up with something that pushed the envelope even further.  The maker will get a sense of how well it succeeded when the third-generation CUV makes its official debut at the New York Auto Show this week.

We'll Keep You Up-to-Date!

As with a number of other recent Nissan products, the 2015 Murano began life in show car form – the design signaled through the recent Nissan Resonance show car.

“At Nissan, we create concept vehicles with an eye toward production, rather than just for entertaining auto show audiences,” said Andy Palmer, chief planning officer and executive vice president at Nissan Motor Co. “Likely few people who saw Resonance in its North American International Auto Show debut imagined that we could build such a futuristic design. But here it is, ready to hit Nissan showrooms less than 24 months later.”

(more…)

2015 Nissan Murano to Make NY Auto Show Debut

Maker offers a subtle tease of new CUV.

by on Mar.24, 2014

Nissan teases the new 2015 Murano.

At a time when most manufacturers tried to disguise their early crossovers to look like conventional sport-utility vehicles, Nissan took a decidedly different direction, when it launched the original Murano, a halo vehicle for the makers expanding range of crossovers and CUVs.

Where to go next?  The little Nissan Juke crossover that debuted at the recent Geneva Motor Show suggests that the Japanese maker isn’t backing away from its commitment to edgy styling.  Far from it.  We actually got a hint of what’s coming in early 2013, when Nissan rolled out the radical Resonance design concept.

News for You!

Now it’s ready to show us the real deal, the 2015 Nissan Murano slated to debut at the New York Auto Show next month.

We’ve gotten a couple teaser images of the new car that provide another hint of what’s coming, Nissan promising that the 2015 Murano “features a spacious, premium interior and advanced, purposeful safety and connective technology.”

(more…)

Cold Weather Doesn’t Dim Nissan’s Expectations

Maker’s sales heat up despite Polar Vortex, and should keep building, says senior exec.

by on Feb.27, 2014

Nissan's Fred Diaz during a Detroit appearance.

It’s been a cold month in Hell, Michigan and much of the rest of country this winter, and February is looking to deliver another big chill to the auto industry, February sales likely to echo the unexpected cool-down experienced last month.

But the impact is likely to be short-lived, suggested Fred Diaz, the new Nissan division boss, during an appearance at the Automotive Press Association on Thursday.  “I’m not a believer you lose sales for good” because of bad weather, he said. “You only delay sales” that the industry will likely regain once the weather warms up.

http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/about/subscribe

Your Auto News Source!

On the downside, the Nissan executive – who joined the company a year ago after spending a quarter-century with Chrysler – said the auto industry likely needs to prepare for a slowdown in the pace of its recovery since the end of the Great Recession.  Since bottoming out in 2010, U.S. auto sales have been growing at better than double-digit annual rates, but Diaz cautioned that level of “growth is unsustainable. We’re already seeing signs it will level off.”

(more…)

Nissan Outlines Big Boost in Production in the Americas

Increased exports critical part of plan.

by on Aug.26, 2013

Nissan recently expanded capacity at its Canton, Miss. plant to handle the latest-generation Altima sedan.

With expanded operations in the U.S., and new plants in both Brazil and Mexico on tap, Nissan is projecting a big jump in production capacity in the Americas.

While the maker is targeting significant sales growth in North, South and Central America, increased exports are a major factor in the maker’s production push – which will see it boost capacity to more than 2 million in the Americas by the end of 2014, it says.

A Productive News Source!

The second-largest Japanese automaker is in the midst of a $5 billion investment program that includes its two assembly plants in the U.S., as well as new operations in Latin America. In all, it expects this “response to strong growth opportunities” to generate, according to a corporate statement, “more than 10,000 jobs across the region, with much of that hiring complete or underway.”

(more…)

Nissan Resonance Concept Previews Next-Gen Murano CUV

by on Jan.15, 2013

Expect many of the Nissan Resonance design cues to return with the next-gen Murano.

At a time when most manufacturers tried to disguise their early crossovers to look like conventional sport-utility vehicles, Nissan took a decidedly different direction, creating the expressively styled Murano.

So, with more and more makers moving in that direction as the classic SUV fades from the market, how does Nissan stay ahead of the crowd? What it describes as the “envelope-pushing” Resonance Concept gives us a good idea.  The show car’s “boldly futuristic styling” is a tease of what will become the next-generation Nissan Murano which was last restyled in 2009.

Your Inside Source!

As with the original crossover, the Japanese maker is putting a premium on design, though the Nissan Resonance Concept also features a hybrid powertrain that will be offered as an option on the upcoming Murano replacement. As is often the case with concepts, the Resonance features a number of other innovative technologies, as well.

(more…)

Coming to America: Nissan’s Next-Gen Murano

Based on Resonance Concept, crossover will shift to U.S. plant.

by on Jan.10, 2013

The Canton plant will soon produce eight different models. Ot launched the new Altima just last year.

Expect some big changes when the next Nissan Murano crossover comes to market in 2014.

For one thing, the midsize CUV will sport an all-new body based on the Nissan Resonance Concept debuting at next week’s North American International Auto Show.  And, for the first time, it’s expected to be paired with an optional hybrid powertrain – one of 16 gas-electric models the Japanese maker intends to launch by 2016.

But the next-gen Murano also will start rolling out of Nissan’s big assembly plan in Canton, Mississippi. It will become the eighth product produced at the plant, which is just celebrating its tenth anniversary.

Uniquely designed!

“As we look back on ten years of manufacturing in Canton, it’s become clear throughout the Nissan network that ‘Made in Mississippi’ is a stamp of quality and great people,” said Bill Krueger, vice chairman of Nissan Americas. “With the addition of this new model in Canton, Nissan is well on its way toward meeting our goal to manufacture 85% of the vehicles we sell in the U.S. right here in North America.”

(more…)

Nissan Previews Resonance Crossover Concept

CUV show car will return as next-gen Nissan Murano.

by on Jan.10, 2013

The Nissan Resonance concept is powered by the maker's latest hybrid drivetrain system.

The parade of previews and teases continues as manufacturers prepare for one of the busiest Detroit Auto Shows in years.  With nearly 60 new models set to debut at Motown’s Cobo Center it’s no wonder manufacturers are vying for attention ahead of time with images like this one previewing the Nissan Resonance Concept.

If the basic shape seems somewhat familiar, well, no surprise.  Expect to see the Resonance return in the very near future in production form as the next-generation Nissan Murano.

http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/about/subscribe

Subscribe Now! It's Free!

In concept form, Nissan says the “envelope-pushing crossover” is powered by a hybrid-electric powertrain.  That’s also likely to reappear as one of the options the Japanese maker will offer on the production Murano.

(more…)

Nissan Hi-Cross Concept is Thinly-Disguised, Next-Generation Rogue

Concept also reveals Nissan’s all-new hybrid drivetrain system.

by on Nov.30, 2012

Are you the next Nissan Rogue? Apparently.

Show cars have a habit of vanishing into the ether once their run on the auto show circuit has come to a conclusion. But don’t be surprised to see the Nissan Hi-Cross, making its public debut at the LA Auto Show this month, land back in the public eye in the months ahead.

Actually, to be more precise, expect to see the Hi-Cross Concept’s design resurface when Nissan updates its compact crossover, the Rogue, next year. Senior officials confirm that the Hi-Cross styling will be “very close” to the look of the next-generation Rogue.

Subscribe Free!

And, like the 7-seat Hi-Cross Concept, the next-generation Nissan crossover will get an optional hybrid powertrain featuring the maker’s latest gas-electric drive technology, TheDetroitBureau.com has learned. The system will go into production next year in several Nissan models.

(more…)