Murano CrossCabriolet 2011

Note from Design Mom. My friend Lisa attended a Nissan CrossCabriolet event for Design Mom. The car looks so happy — I thought it would be fun to share here. Makes me long for sunny weather. Here’s Lisa’s report:

She Moves In Mysterious Ways
by Lisa Valentine Clark

Gabby’s very mysterious. She lives in France, her children are stylish and accomplished, she always knows the places to find interesting, cool clothing, furniture, and overall design  It’s all very mysterious and my hat’s off to her. It’s not easy.

Because Gabby’s in France now, she asked me if I’d be interested in attending a Nissan event introducing the arrival of their new 2011 Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet and because my New Year’s Resolution 3 years ago was to “be more mysterious” and I’m still working on that (turns out being mysterious is quite difficult for a verbose mother of five easily prone to pulling faces—who knew?), I immediately thought that flying off to San Diego for an event for 24 hours seemed like the right thing to do to encourage myself in that quest.

Murano CrossCabriolet 2011 Lisa Valentine Clark

Flying by myself, no kids, is nothing to shake a stick at. It gave me enough time to successfully think original thoughts which gave me a lot of ideas, most of which I’ve forgotten now because I’m at home writing this and I’m literally interrupted every 20 seconds. I counted. I read half a book in one flight! Heaven! And I didn’t have to share my Coke Zero or cookies with anyone.  Luxury!  I was greeted upon my arrival, given wonderful food, an interesting, short presentation, and got to drive a brand-new Crossover convertible. Ah, Sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you! So before I forget my great experience and get sidetracked by picking up Legos and checking for homework at the bottom of schoolbags, let me tell you what I’ve learned.

The Murano CrossCabriolet is very cool. First of all, it’s the world’s first AWD crossover convertible, so it is its own car. It was nice being able to be one of the only ones on the road driving this car, because it looks different than other convertibles. The interior and features are all first-class, and being higher up gave it a luxurious feel as well. What I loved the most about it was it is so, so smooth to drive. I couldn’t feel it shift gears. My driving partner and I had the top and windows down and had no problem carrying on a conversation at all. The car is large enough that, even though it’s a two door, getting into the backseat is easy and it’s easy to put a car seat in the back, if you needed to.

Murano CrossCabriolet 2011

Because design is the name of the game here, I have to mention that the CrossCabriolet has great design:

-It has what the designers referred to as a “J-Motion waistline” which makes the soft top more low-profile, which highlights the sleek look of the car. I wouldn’t have known had I not associated with these automotive designers who I learned a lot from. Or maybe I shouldn’t have disclosed that and just let you all think I just know things like that — so mysterious!

-The exterior has a character line that runs from the side straight to the rear which makes its look modern and sleek.

-The boomerang taillight blends into the character line of the car.

-Even the top-up roll bars for rear passengers have a cool, modern metal design.

-You can custom choose from exterior, interior and top colors and I would have chosen the teal Caribbean exterior with Cashmere interior, fyi.

Murano CrossCabriolet 2011

My favorite part of the trip was when we traveled to Nissan Design where the magic happens. Talk about mysterious!  The modern design of the building commanded my immediate attention, and then, in the lobby, there were show cars from other Nissan vehicles that were modern, fancy, and incredibly appealing to me. Francois, our French Nissan designer, who embodies mystery in every way and coincidentally had his European shoes and tie match the “merlot” CrossCabriolet by accident, explained to us that we would not be able to go back to the design studio because of the sensitive creative development back there so, of course, all I could think about was WHAT WAS BACK THERE?!  Just for a creative development/artistic point of reference, I really want to know.  I imagine endless draft tables and colored pencils everywhere but, really, it could be so much more. . . I bet Gabby could find out.

I like Nissan. I have a ’94 Altima and it is still running.  This Murano CrossCabriolet is top of the line and driving this car along the San Diego coast, wind in my hair, made me feel pretty awesome, as in, I could get used to this.

And I look very mysterious in it.

How do you handle cars at your house? Do you have a practical family car and a more stylish car for the grownups? Are you a one, two, (even three) car family? Or do you get by with no car at all?

P.S. — My flight, food, and hotel were paid for as part of this event for Nissan. So consider that. : ) Also. You can read more about my trip here.