Nissan teases redesigned Murano ahead of N.Y. debut

Nissan released a teaser video for the redesigned 2015 Murano today, ahead of the vehicle’s debut April 16 at the New York auto show.

“When you see the new Murano, the next Maxima and the future Titan, you will see the improvements we made and the efforts we made to reinforce our organization,” Nissan’s North American Chairman Jose Munoz told Automotive News in January.

Nissan sees the redesigned Murano mid-sized crossover as a halo vehicle for the automaker, which is seeking to improve its profitability. Nissan was the least profitable Japanese carmaker last quarter.

"We hope to grow sales," helped by the momentum of the redesigned 2014 Rogue compact crossover that went on sale in November and the redesigned 2015 Murano due in the fall, U.S. sales boss Fred Diaz told Automotive News in February. "But we'll do it with more emphasis on being profitable."

Sales of the Murano fell 14 percent in 2013 from the previous year to 44,684 units. Through February this year, Murano sales are down 13 percent from the year-ago level to 6,077 units.

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