Revealed on Facebook: Chevy Camaro Convertible and Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet

2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

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.

Chevrolet has finally taken the wraps off the production version of the 2011 Camaro Convertible, posting a couple images to its Facebook wall ahead of the car’s LA Auto Show debut.

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.

2012 Nissan Murano CrossCabrioletSlightly 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?

-tgriffith

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1 Comment

  1. The Murano shows some clever engineering. Since it is a crossover with what is essentially a stiffened, strengthened car chassis, it should make a great convertible that doesn’t have a lot of the bad habits of “converted” convertibles, cowl shake and sagging door lines. Also some clever engineering lets it be more like a car. Why not some other modules for the back like a sporty pickup truck with a small removable cab?
    Alas, no clever engineering from GM. (They fired all their clever engineers to save money.) Send it to a contractor who chops the top off and welds in a few braces. The geezers will like it but it won’t be a better car in any way.

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