We all know that Japan was seriously crippled after the massive earthquake in March struck the prosperous nation. And of course, this had a significant impact on the Japanese automobile industry with all of the companies just starting to get back on their feet. Nissan unfortunately though as a result, has to delay the delivery of their newest variation of the Murano, the CrossCabriolet.
Only 40-50 units were delivered to US consumers thus far due to supply chain problems. Although Nissan’s Kyushi plant, where the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is assembled, was unharmed in the quake, production stopped because the parts supplier had ceased with operations resuming only on April 13th. Nissan didn’t exactly announce how many sales were unable to proceed due to the shortages.
“However, I can tell you we started to deliver our first few units in May and there were roughly 40-50 placed in customer hands,” said Nissan America’s Vice President of Corporate Communications David P. Reuter. “What’s more important is for me to note that this vehicle’s production was significantly impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The vehicle was literally in its first few days of production start-up when disaster hit, so our inventory — in transit and on the ground in the U.S. — was virtually non-existent.”
Refresher: Power for the 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet comes from a 3.5L 24-valve DOHC V6 making 265-hp and 248 lb-ft of torque. The engine is comes mated as standard to Nissan’s second-gen Xtronic CVT with Adaptive Shift Control transmission. Prices for the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet start at $46,390.
2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet:
– By: Chris Chin
Source: Inside Line