At this year's 2014 New York Auto Show, there was one vehicle that stood out amongst the others.
For us, it was simple: the all-new Nissan Murano was king.
Featuring an edgy design and some new design language we hadn't seen before, we dug it. From the exterior to the interior, there's not much to complain about. It has just the right amount of the Nissan Sport Sedan Concept in its design while keeping it practical for the Average Joe.
001's and my favorite element was the white wood trim Nissan showed off. It looked like something out of the BMW Individual catalog.
Turns out though that the all-new Murano almost never existed as you saw it. That's because there was essentially a bake-off between dueling forces in Japan and America. Thankfully, one executive saw the need for something a bit edgier in the market and acted as a shepherd.
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But getting the Murano back to a more daring design wasn’t easy.
When Reed, normally based at Nissan’s Detroit-area technical center in Farmington Hills, MI, was sent to Japan four years ago to work on the third-gen CUV, he became the “guardian” of a design concept based on more complex shapes.
Two possible paths had emerged during development of the 2-row CUV: a more conservative look styled in Japan and the edgier concept from Nissan’s San Diego design studio.
Reed favored the latter look and pushed for it.
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