Nissan Axes Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet
Nissan's product lineup won't be quite as diverse now that the Cube and Murano convertible SUV are gone. The automaker released information on its 2015 models last week, and it looks like these eccentric models didn't make the cut. Both models will continue on through the 2014 model year until they are phased out of the lineup. Axing the Cube forebodes the end of the box-car craze that began in the early 2000s, as similarly-shaped models like Honda Element are also no longer available. Introduced in 2009, the Cube came late to the game, and it was expected to be a hit among young consumers. But as more competitive subcompacts with better fuel economy came along, consumers shunned these models. Sales of the Cube were down 31 percent during the first half of this year. We are also mourning the loss of the Murano CrossCabriolet, which Nissan dubbed as the world's first and only all-wheel drive crossover convertible. While Nissan undoubtedly won points for creativity, many criticized this car's price point, which is more than $13,000 higher than a regular 2014 Murano SUV. It was also criticized for taking away the practicality from a family SUV. Nissan has no plans to create another convertible version, according to sources cited by Automotive News. At least we still have the Scion xB and the upcoming Range Rover Evoque Convertible… Source: Automotive News (Subcription Required), Nissan
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