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The Japanese seem to be banking their European future on crossover SUV/wagon designs, and Nissan is no exception. The automaker noted that the overall market for various crossover designs has soared from 40,000 to 180,000 recently, and that is spurring Nissan to launch two new products of its own. First, it revealed plans to bring the Murano to Europe. The vehicle has already proved a strong success in the U.S. and should strike a similarly responsive chord on the continent, suggested Nissan Board Member and product chief Patrick Pelata. By European standards, Murano is quite massive, however, and that's prompting the company to consider a second, downsized offering. It's spelled Qashqai, pronounced KOSH-kai, and no, it's not named after a Mideast dictator. While the name may be a bit precious, Pelata insisted the vehicle itself is "distinctive yet unpretentious. It's rear door yawns wide for easy entry or access to a large and flexible cargo bay. Designed to "spend the majority of life in the city," it nonetheless offers all-wheel-drive for owners who enjoy the outdoor life. Sharing the new, jointly developed platform also found in the Renault Megane, the Qashqai could hit market by 2006, said Pelata, "if the market reaction is strong" where the concept vehicle is shown this year. Look for even more new products from Nissan going forward, now that the company's European operations are generating profits, company sources said.

MORE CARS, LESS QASHQAI. http://forums.freshalloyimages/graemlins/rolleyes1.gif

MORE CARS, LESS QASHQAI. http://forums.freshalloyimages/graemlins/rolleyes1.gif

Apparently the plan is to produce something like this as a spinoff/derivative of the upcoming Sentra platform. so yeah, a mini-Murano which looks a lot better than the Matrix.

But I want to see Sentra sedans and coupe derivatives first, then we can talk wagons.

Better than a Lancer sportback. http://forums.freshalloyimages/graemlins/smirk.gif

Its a good thing Nissan doesn't consult you before deciding on its products http://forums.freshalloyimages/graemlins/rolleyes1.gif

If only they did http://forums.freshalloyimages/graemlins/smile.gif