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 |  Jul 10 2014, 12:02 PM

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Nissan is discontinuing both the Cube and Murano CrossCabriolet at the end of the 2014 model year. 

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 |  Mar 21 2012, 10:31 AM

There’s always two sides to a story, and earlier we reported about how a Nissan dealership sold a $62,130 Murano Crosscabriolet to a man suffering from dementia. Now North Bay Nissan, the dealership in question, has agreed to take back the vehicle while explaining their side of the story.

Ed Dowdall suffers from Lewy Body Dementia and currently lives in a care facility in San Francisco, California. According to his doctor, Dowdall suffers from “markedly impaired judgment, lack of impulse control, aggressive and compulsive behavior, and an almost total lack of insight into his condition.”

Greg Dexter on the other hand, owner of North Bay Nissan, claims that Dowdall gave every indication of having a sound mind when he purchased the vehicle back in December. Of course we wouldn’t expect the owner of the dealership to say otherwise, but whether it’s an admission of guilt or just wanting all the negative press to go away, Dexter has agreed to take back the Murano, relinquishing the $923 a month car payment. Dexter however did not make a firm statement on whether or not the down payment would be fully refunded.

Dowdall’s attorney, Michael Baddeley has said that both parties reached a mutual agreement on the fiasco and confirmed that the sale has been rescinded. The dealership’s story however is that Dowdall was a returning customer, having purchased his Altima Hybrid there back in 2008. He originally visited the dealership in November inquiring about the Murano before purchasing it the following month.

Two phone messages were played that Dowdall had left the salesman after purchasing the car, sounding coherent and happy about the purchase. There were also notes during the sale that Dowdall was on the phone with family members during the sales process including Amy Dowdall – his separated wife – and her brother-in-law Mike Dowdall. Both Amy and Mike claim that they were at the Petaluma Police Department during the purchase to report that Ed attempted to kill Amy the night before.

“I knew the car should have gone back that day, but Mike talked me into keeping it until (my husband) went to the home because it would have been upsetting for him,” Amy Dowdall said.

Clearly this is a case of he-said, she-said, but we’re glad the matter has been resolved. We personally think Mr. Ed Dowdall really wanted the Murano CrossCabriolet and of course the dealership had no gripes selling it to him. But whether or not he was ethically taken advantage of, well that’s up to you.

[Source: Press Democrat]

 |  Mar 20 2012, 1:31 PM

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Most of the time, bringing a new car home is an exciting occasion. It was quite the opposite for one California woman when her 70-year-old husband with dementia pulled up in a new Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

Ed Dowdall, who is legally separated from his wife Amy, lives in a constant-care facility but back in December when the incident occurred, he lived with his brother. Dowdall left during a discussion about where he would be moved for more constant care and drove to North Bay Nissan in Petaluma, California. Upon arrival, he proceeded to trade his Nissan Altima Hybrid for a Murano CrossCabriolet.

When Dowdall pulled up in the driveway, his wife informed the salesman of his condition and that he was in no position to buy the car, let alone licensed to drive it. Despite that, the sale went through — apparently because Wells Fargo, the lender, had already closed. Wells Fargo denied this.

Options included, Dowdall spent $62,130 on the car. He also apparently paid for about $10,000 worth of dealer add-ons.

His wife, who has power of attorney over him, is trying to have the sale reversed because she can’t afford the $923-per-month payments and is also trying to prove elder abuse in the case.

GALLERY: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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 |  Nov 17 2010, 6:21 PM

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Nissan literally pulled the cover off its 2011 Murano in Los Angeles today, unveiling for the first time on these shores the new open top version dubbed the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.

Painted seafoam green with a light interior, it looked ready for South Beach on the opposite coast. Nissan says they envision females in their 30s or 40s as the primary target audience for this massive convertible, but they held short of calling it the Murano CougarCabriolet.

They also announced pricing would start at $46,390 when this 2011 model hits dealer showrooms early in 2011.

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 |  Nov 17 2010, 4:28 PM

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In an industry filled with me-too entries and uniform designs, the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet is a bold, unique product that is sure to find a home in the driveway of exactly nobody.

Sorry, it’s true. We hate to punish anyone for taking a risk – hell, we love to see big gambles succeed, just like Nissan’s own Juke seems to be doing. But the Murano CrossCabriolet is the wrong kind of weird, already using an established brand to make a strange variant that’s rumored to come in at the hefty price of $46,000! For comparison, a mechanically identical Murano, with a 3.5L V6 and CVT gearbox, starts at $28,500 and tops out at $37,450.

One benefit we can see is that the Murano CrossCab will allow the whole family to go for a top-down drive, something not too many ragtops can provide. It’s almost like a jacked up, AWD version of a Lexus IS350C. But only time will tell if anybody actually buys this thing.

GALLERY: Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

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 |  Nov 14 2010, 2:19 PM

Nissan continues to push forward with its no-holds-barred approach to automotive design, unveiling a new two-door convertible version of its Murano SUV. Named the Murano CrossCabriolet, this bizarre new model follows on the heels of the launch of the tiny Juke crossover – criticized for its styling, but praised for its impressive engineering package.

Believe it or not, this is no concept car and Nissan will actually offer it for sale starting next year. It’s the world’s first AWD crossover convertible, and Nissan claims the package delivers the space for four adults as well as sufficient cargo space – even with the roof down.

We’re excited to see more of this car when it officially launches at the LA Auto Show on Wednesday and will be sure to bring you plenty of photos. Until then, check out our LA Auto Show Preview here.

Is this the start of a new trend? Or are Nissan’s designers one sketch away from a straight jacket?

 |  Oct 21 2010, 6:30 PM

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Nissan has released information about a new plug-in sedan set to debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, a vehicle known as the Ellure. No details or photos have been released, but a nice bit of marketing fluff states that “Nissan’s dramatic new-value sedan exploration, the Nissan Ellure, is designed to bring a higher level of progressive and distinctive expression to the segment – adding passion and emotion to traditional sedan efficiency.”

The Ellure will debut alongside the Murano CrossCabriolet, as well as the new Quest minivan. Hit the jump to see the official press release.

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 |  Aug 31 2010, 7:36 AM

Nissan has a trio of debuts planned for the LA Auto Show later this year, with two production models and one alluring concept.

First up are the production cars, with the new 2012 Nissan Quest minivan set to add plenty of style (and in a good way this time) to the minivan segment. In addition, Nissan will also showcase the strange Murano CrossCabriolet, which the automaker says will be the first and only all-wheel drive crossover convertible in the market. (We wonder why…)

In addition, Nissan will unveil the Ellure concept, which is designed to give a look at a more exciting four-door sedan. We’re not sure if this vehicle is intended to inspire future sedans like the Altima, or if Nissan is planning on expanding its sedan range with a coupe-style sedan.

And in addition to these models, we’ll also get out first glimpse at a production version of the Nissan Leaf electric car.

As always, AutoGuide will be on hand in LA with extensive coverage of the show starting November 17th. Until then, see our LA Auto Show Preview here.

[Source: MotorTrend]