LA JOLLA, CA – Curves! We have curves on a “utility” vehicle. Nissan attempts to take SUVs, CUVs in new direction—without third-row seating. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s Darrel Ida, product planning manager for the all-new Murano cross/utility vehicle, says the Murano’s sleek sheetmetal is all about sending the message Murano isn’t a cookie-cutter SUV in the ubiquitous Explorer vein. “If it looks like a regular SUV, it is a regular SUV,” insists Ida. He says the SUV/CUV equation ...

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