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Date Registered: 01-2004
Location: Sydney
TOTAL POSTS: 69
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Xtrails big brother coming


http://carsguide.news.com.au/news/story_page/0,8269,10007949%255E21822,00.html

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Nissan to play dirty
Bruce McMahon
02jul04

The future of Nissan in Australia will depend on off-roader sales, according to the company's overseas sales and marketing senior vice president, Toshiyuki Shiga.

Nissan's direction is evident in the new Pathfinder and Navara. They feature the company's 21st-century styling and sit on a multi-purpose light truck chassis.
Shiga says Nissan's business in Australia is showing growth potential, particularly in soft-roaders, with one likely to be the Murano next year. It has been delayed awaiting the start of right-hand-drive production.

The Murano is based on the same FF-L platform as the Maxima sedan. It hit the market as a left-hand-drive, North America-only model in late 2002.

Running the 3.5-litre V6 found in the 350Z coupe and roadster, and borrowing some of the Z's sporting touches, the Murano is good-looking and spirited.

It stands out with a clean and sculpted exterior, and the cabin design is more sports machine than family wagon.
 
 
  
 
 

In Australia, the Murano would compete directly with the Lexus RX330 (and probably be a little cheaper) and the BMW X3.

The four-door wagon has decent accommodation for four, though the semi-fastback style cuts into the luggage space. Rear seats fold flat in one easy move.

Priced right (maybe from the low-$50,000s), the Murano would have distinct appeal on the local market as the soft-roader segment continues to bloom.

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Date Registered: 06-2004
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Date Registered: 07-2004
Location: Sydney
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embi wrote:

i think its ugly emoticon



Yeah, although I thought the xtrail was a bit lacking in the looks department when I first saw one.

I hope it has a bit more success than Honda's MDX. That gets about 1 sale per month if they are lucky.



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