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Nissan drives its way to the top with multiple awards at 2015 Miami International Auto Show

Nissan drives its way to the top with multiple awards at 2015 Miami International Auto Show

MIAMI, Fla. – As part of the 45th Miami International Auto Show, the Nissan Murano was named "SUV of the Year" by the Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA). The nine judge panel based their decision on three main criteria: design, technology and value.

"Miami is a city that embraces style and has high standards in automobiles," said Fred Diaz, senior vice president, Nissan Sales & Marketing and Operations U.S., Nissan North America, Inc. "It is, therefore, a special honor for the 2015 Nissan Murano to be chosen by journalists members of the Southern Automotive Press Association as the SUV of the Year at the 2015 Miami International Auto Show. The Murano’s bold design, premium interior and thoughtful technologies continue to bring style and functionality to consumers across the Southern states."

This is the eighth consecutive year that SAMA has presented the awards during its annual luncheon on the opening day of the Miami International Auto Show. A prestigious panel of SAMA members walked the floor of the show prior to opening to review the vehicles and determine which models would receive the coveted SAMA awards.

"The Nissan Murano is more luxurious and dynamic than ever before," said Bill Adam, president of the Southern Automotive Media Association. "As products get better every year, it becomes more of a challenge to stand out in the crowd and the daring design of the Murano makes a bold statement. The Murano is a tremendous, well-rounded buy for drivers looking for a fun-to-drive, well-equipped and extremely comfortable crossover."

Nissan also received five accolades from Ruedas ESPN during the 2015 Miami International Auto Show. At the 13th Annual Ruedas ESPN Awards Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 6, Nissan North America was named Ruedas ESPN Manufacturer of the Year. Additionally, the zero emission Nissan LEAF was crowned Ruedas ESPN Best Electric Car, the Nissan TITAN was rewarded the Ruedas ESPN Best Full-Size Pick Up, and the Nissan Maxima took home two titles, the Ruedas ESPN Best Luxury Sedan and Ruedas ESPN Car of the Year.

The editorial board of Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish-language automotive radio show in the United States, is responsible for nominating in 12 different categories including: Car of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Best Hybrid Car, Best Economy Car and more. A group of industry experts then chooses the winners based on design, value, price, performance, fuel economy and appeal among Hispanic shoppers.

About Nissan Murano
The third-generation Nissan Murano restores the vehicle to its roots of bold design and premium amenities. Nissan’s flagship CUV sets the design template for the next-generation of Nissan vehicles. It symbolizes Nissan’s design-led product and brand renaissance.

As the halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of bold crossovers, the Murano carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. Inside, the new Murano offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced Zero Gravity seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.

Every Nissan Murano comes with a standard 3.5-liter DOHC V6 connected to an advanced Xtronic transmission. Fuel economy has increased 20 percent combined mpg from the previous generation, thanks in part to reduced weight, low rolling resistance tires, air grille shutter, low 0.31 Cd, underbody covers that enhance underbody airflow and improvements to the Xtronic transmission.

For photography and additional information about the Nissan Murano, along with the complete lineup of Nissan vehicles, please visit NissanNews.com.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized annually by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year since 2010. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the U.S. media sites NissanNews.com and InfinitiNews.com.

About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than
247,500 employees globally, Nissan sold 5.32 million vehicles and generated revenue of 11.38 trillion yen (USD 103.6 billion) in fiscal year 2014. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. Nissan leads the world in zero-emission mobility, dominated by sales of the LEAF, the first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle. It is the best-selling EV in history. For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.

About SAMA
The Southern Automotive Media Association (SAMA) is a spirited, organization made up of automotive journalists, media organizations, corporate communications specialists, marketing and advertising representatives, and auto manufacturers related to South Florida’s dynamic automotive industry. SAMA's purpose is to provide a platform to bring together the South Florida automotive industry to meet, network and exchange ideas on major issues concerning the industry. SAMA holds monthly luncheon programs bringing members together with guest speakers to view product presentations and new vehicle demonstrations from car manufacturers and other major figures in the auto industry.

About Ruedas ESPN
Ruedas ESPN is a two hour radio show focused in the auto industry and the world of motorsports, designed to deliver useful and timely information for US Hispanics in an entertaining manner. Broadcast on the ESPN Deportes Radio network of more than 48 AM & FM stations all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and on Channel 149 of both the SIRIUS and XM Satellite Radio systems, it brings outstanding content to enrich a compelling listening experience. The sections include recommendations on how to best purchase a vehicle; interviews, reviews about cars; suggestions regarding insurance and financing, and coverage of the most important events in the automobile industry and the world of motorsports.


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Steve Parrett
Nissan North America

Darla Turner
Nissan North America

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