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New Nissan Murano Debuts In Los Angeles



15th November, 2007

The new Nissan Murano debuts at the 2007 Los Angeles Motor Show

Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO, Nissan Motor Co., has unveiled two new Nissan production vehicles for North American – the Nissan Murano crossover and the Nissan GT-R – at a press conference at the 2007 Los Angeles Motor Show overnight. The second-generation Murano, which features new exterior and interior designs, along with enhanced performance, goes on sale at US Nissan dealers beginning in January 2008. The Nissan GT-R, which will be available for the first time ever in the United States beginning in June 2008, makes its North American debut at the L.A. Motor Show, following its global introduction at the Tokyo Motor Show last month.

New Nissan Murano

Making its world debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show, the new Murano, elevates its unique position in the marketplace through a evolution of the original design.  The all-new Murano features new exterior and interior designs, enhanced technology and a new premium driving feel resulting from a new, advanced platform and continued refinement of Murano’s standard 3.5-litre V6 engine and advanced, second-generation Xtronic CVT™.

The most striking visual element of the new Nissan Murano is its new body, which imparts a “modern art” feel while still maintaining its distinctive “Murano-ness.”  The new Murano design also includes an available dual panel power sliding glass moonroof and second row skylight. Inside, the new Murano lives up to its “mobile suite” design theme with new levels of warmth and luxury.

Other available Murano features include a new foldaway cargo organiser, heated front and rear seats, power tailgate, rain-sensing front wipers and RearView Monitor.

All Muranos feature a VQ-series 3.5-liter DOHC V6 and an advanced Xtronic CVT™ with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) that provides a sporty and smooth driving experience.  For the US market, Muranos are available in front-wheel drive or with an advanced all-wheel drive system and all Muranos come standard with Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with a Traction Control System (TCS) for all-weather confidence. The new Murano features a new “D” platform, first introduced on the Nissan Altima, which provides a solid foundation and new, lighter suspension components with increased stiffness.

Nissan GT-R at the 2007 Los Angeles Motor Show

Nissan GT-R

One of the most anticipated vehicles ever manufactured by Nissan is heading to the U.S. in June 2008 – the new Nissan GT-R. No longer the unobtainable object of desire on a video game or in the movies, the new GT-R will be available for the first time in North American next year.

GT-R is a multi-dimensional performance machine that lives up to the concept of “the ultimate super car that can be driven by anyone, anytime, anywhere” and achieved a lap time of 7:38 around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, one of the fastest times achieved by a production-spec vehicle to date.

Under the bonnet, the Nissan GT-R features an all-new 3.8-litre twin turbo V6, while meeting ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) standards. The engine is backed by an all-new, paddle-shifted GR6 sequential 6-speed dual clutch rear transaxle.

The new Nissan GT-R is built on an exclusive all-new Premium Midship platform.  This new platform enables the use of a world’s first independent rear transaxle ATTESA E-TS all-wheel drive system, which places the transmission, transfer case and final drive at the rear of the vehicle, optimising weight distribution and maximising handling capability.

Suspension is a special multi-link Bilstein DampTronic system and the braking system is made up of Brembo full-floating drilled rotors, low steel high stiffness brake pads and Brembo mono block six-piston front and four-piston rear calipers.  Tyres are nitrogen-filled Bridgestone high-performance run flat or optional Dunlop high-performance all-season tyres, on exclusive GT-R 20-inch wheels.

The Nissan GT-R’s functional styling utilises advanced aerodynamics, evoking the lines of a well-trained athlete. GT-R’s hybrid body construction combines steel, carbon fibre and die-cast aluminium, and features a low coefficient of drag of 0.27, while achieving high front and rear downforce.

GT-R’s interior balances functionality with a sense of ease and comfort. It features sculpted performance bucket seats for an optimal driving position, a cockpit-style instrument panel with a large centre-mounted tachometer and multi-function display – which includes mechanical and driving information, as well as an on-board driving recorder.

Total vehicle adjustability is provided by a “set-up switch” located in the centre of the instrument panel, enabling the driver to adjust transmission shifts, shock absorbers and the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC-R) in three settings – Normal, Comfort or “R,” for ultimate handling. Available is a specially designed 11-speaker Bose® sound system, with speakers mounted in rigid aluminium die cast panels, which provides sound quality suitable for a super car.

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