Don't hold your breath on a hybrid Murano. Ghosn doesn't believe in the technology and won't bet long term on it. He's authorized the Altimas for 07 so that he can satisfy a few niche needs and because he needs at least one hybrid in his line up. However, he's been quoted in numerous articles about how he doesn't see hybrids as a viable option. The cost for manufacturer is too high versus the return. Besides not being able to charge the full increase in price from manufacturing hybrids to the consumer, each hybrid sold takes away a potential sale from a more profitable conventional version of the same car. Given this, and a few other reasons, Nissan won't be expanding into hybrids. More fuel economy savings are achieved on a fleet-wide basis utilizing technologies such as CVT's (ever wonder why they are being put in so many other Nissan car lines?). If anything, I would expect Nissan to go diesel before it invests any significant expenditures into hybrids.2008 may be the year a Hybrid version becomes available, since it will be due for a major refresh then... but I am sure it will depend on how well the 07 Altima Hybrids go over.
No worries. Thanks, Joe. To be honest, I'm still in the "do I want to get rid of my F150 right now or not" mode. I was thinking the next vehicle would be a Titan, but with gas prices what they are, and the fact that I don't use the truck portion of the truck all that much, it might be wiser to look elsewhere. My wife asked me point blank last night, "if you weren't to get a truck what would you get." I've been thinking it over all day long and it seems like the Murano is a good call for our family and me. Now I need to digest about 4 billion pages of posts to figure out if it's a good call or not.njjoe said:SliderJeff-
Yeah, the "insider" websites are always fun to view, however the accuracy of the info is questionable at best. Since you are basing your purchasing decision on whether or not the MO has specific features I would make sure the source of information is reputable.
I went from a 1997 Ford F-150 that I bought new (never had a problem with that vehicle, either!) to a 2005 Mo...other than sitting higher in the F-150 (which I enjoyed), no regrets, whatsoever!SliderJeff said:
To be honest, I'm still in the "do I want to get rid of my F150 right now or not" mode...Now I need to digest about 4 billion pages of posts to figure out if it's a good call or not.
Thanks, Rich. We still have about $8k or so to pay off on the Pilot. My truck is all paid off. So it's a question of, "how long do I keep this gas guzzling beast which is paid off" versus incurring a new car payment... assuming we pay off the Honda outright. Or do I just wait longer until we pay off the Honda with monthly payments and THEN get my truck. One of those, buy now... or buy in 2-3 years decisions.SgtRich said:
I went from a 1997 Ford F-150 that I bought new (never had a problem with that vehicle, either!) to a 2005 Mo...other than sitting higher in the F-150 (which I enjoyed), no regrets, whatsoever!