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Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet axed

It seems the drop-top two-door Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet was a niche too far for the Japanese brand - it is finished.
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Nissan global chief planning officer Andy Palmer confirmed to CarAdvice at the 2014 New York auto show that the odd-bod Murano Crosscabriolet is done and dusted.

"That's fair to say," he said when asked if the all-new Murano revealed at the show signalled the end of the convertible variant of the previous generation model.

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However, he disagreed that the car was a failure, despite significant engineering costs and reports suggesting that the model, which was sold exclusively to the North American market, managed to rack up only 5769 sales from 2011-2013.

"I'd call it an adventure," Palmer said. "We self-describe ourselves as left-field. We self-describe ourselves as trying to be polarising because that differentiates us from a few of those guys [other manufacturers]. That means we're always going to try some stuff. Some of it will work better than others. I think Murano convertible gave you guys something to talk about."

We took that to mean that there won't be a replacement, either.

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IHS senior analyst Stephanie Brinley told Autoblog that the Murano CrossCabriolet was an answer to a question few people had asked.

"Everyone who did ask that question picked up one in 2012 or 2013," Brinley was quoted as saying.