It only makes sense that Facebook might become the world’s biggest auto show.
Back in the prehistoric days, automakers unveiled their wares in front of flashing cameras at important international auto shows. The buying public slowly became aware of new production cars and concepts by flipping through the glossy pages of car magazines.
My how things have changed. In these days of instant information and social networking, a carmaker can unveil a new car directly to the buying public, get immediate feedback, and skip the auto-show circuit altogether if it chooses. Thankfully for the organizers of auto shows, most carmakers use social media to build hype for an upcoming show, which is exactly what Chevrolet and Nissan have done with a couple of completely different takes on the convertible.
There don’t appear to be any big surprises in store for the droptop, which should make Camaro fans perfectly happy. Both V6 and V8 models will be available at launch, with the six-cylinder pumping out 312 horsepower and the V8 SS producing 426 ponies. Sales are set to begin this March, with an entry-level pricetag of around $30,000.
Slightly more disturbing is Nissan’s idea to chop the top off its Murano. After seeing a picture on Nissan’s Facebook page, I’m slightly less horrified than I expected I’d be, but still find myself struggling with the point of such a car. Nissan says the droptop Murano CrossCabriolet
delivers the open-air exhilaration of a convertible while extending the versatility of the Murano in exciting new ways.
If versatility means losing two doors and most of its cargo space, I guess Nissan succeeded. As usual, though, final judgment shall be reserved until more official images are released from LA.
Which convertible would you rather own: the Camaro or the Murano?