Four years ago I was sitting in a bar in San Franscisco with Patrick Pelata, then Nissan's product czar. He told me that from that point onwards every Nissan would be a global car.
That’s also why I'm mystified by the new Nissan Murano. This is the most 'American' car I've driven for ages and that includes a smattering of Dodges and Chryslers.
It's not just that the Murano is only available with petrol power either – there’s a diesel on the way. More that it looks, feels and drives like a car specifically targeted as US buyers and US roads.
As a result there are better choices, despite the Murano's impressive kit-for-your-cash argument. More to the point it makes me wonder why the company is even bothering to sell it here when a well-specced Qashqai does the job so much better.