Nissan’s launch of two new four-wheel drives in 2005 - the Murano and Pathfinder - will spell a further strengthening of the manufacturer’s residual values in the fleet sector claims EurotaxGlass’s.
A combination of low volumes, stylish good looks and family car practicality suggest strong residuals for the Murano and Pathfinder that will also have a halo effect on the rest of the Nissan range in 2005 and beyond.
EurotaxGlass’s is predicting a residual value of 46% for the Nissan Murano 3.5 Auto after three years and 60,000 miles, which means it will depreciate by £16,106, less than any of its close rivals.
Over the same period of time and mileage, EurotaxGlass’s predicts the VW Touareg 3.2 Auto will depreciate by £18,253, the BMW X5 3.0i SE Auto by £17,605 and the Lexus RX300 SE Auto by £17,022.
"Not only does the Murano have a version of the 234PS V6 petrol engine from the 350Z, but it also shares plenty of design cues with the Coupe/Roadster which should ensure cult following of the new four-wheel drive," explained Jason King, Forecasting Editor of EurotaxGlass’s.
"There should be no shortage of style conscious accountants, architects and professional people looking to buy a new Murano and because there are only 1,300 cars being imported residuals should stay very strong for a long while," he added.
Glass’s hasn’t set residuals for the new Pathfinder yet, but King is confident that the new four-wheel drive will follow in the Murano’s footsteps.
"The car is big and spacious, it shares the same rugged styling as the Patrol and the low volumes should spell strong residuals for the four-wheel drive," he said.
This follows Nissan’s decision in 2004 to reduce its short-cycle business, which has already seen Glass’s predict higher residual values for the Nissan X-Trail than the Land Rover Freelander and Micra residuals strengthen against the class leading VW Polo and Toyota Yaris.Published 9 January 2005