• Jan 16, 2008
Now it seems that folks in the U.S. who are looking for an economical vehicle that doesn't sacrifice storage space will soon be getting yet another option. Nissan has admitted that the rumors are true, the Cube will finally be offered in the United States market and it won't be the spawn of a new company brand either. The question is why did Nissan take so long to make the move since the Cube was first released in Japan ten years ago? Toyota proved the American consumer's demand for cuboid shaped vehicles with the launch of Scion and the xB back in 2004, yet Nissan continued to hold out. Most likely the push over the edge came from the recently revised CAFE standards as the Cube is powered by a fuel sipping 1.5-liter I-4 engine. It is the perfect compliment to the powerful new GT-R.

[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req.]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      If the xB can find a market here, I'm sure this thing can.
      • 7 Years Ago
      1.5 L engine? 0-60 in 20 seconds?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Def agree with the Europeans here. I've driven a 60hp diesel Benz cross country and through plenty of urban interstates with no risk of life nor limb, just requires a bit more awareness on the drivers part. MB said the 0-60 time was 28sec when it was new back in '71. A 10-15 sec 0-60 time is plenty for real-world driving, even high speed merging. Heck, doing a 10 sec 0-60 off a stoplight is probably enough to get an excessive acceleration ticket if the cop wants to.

        OTOH, to Alex, I usually floor my car (not just the Benz!) coming down the ramp (if the engine is warm) and wish more people would do the same. Never can stand the people who "merge" onto the highway doing 50 and wait 1/4 mile to get up to speed. Causes nothing but backups. Just put your foot in it and get on down the road, that's what the highway is for!
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with the opposition above.

        My favourite cars have been subcompacts with small 4 cyl engines and 5 speed transmissions.

        I didn't care how slow my Tercel got to 100km/h because I had fun getting it there.

        Larger 4 cyl engines may be more fun ton drive but they do not give you the fuel economy you'd expect --and you know what, they still can't make it up the hill.

        The only thing the great HP allows you to do is drive faster and harder and consume more fuel.
        • 7 Years Ago
        My father has a 67 slant-six Valiant that could barely get out of it's own way, and the 76 Aspen that suceeded it wasn't much better. My European cousins have sub-1.5L diesels that can do 0-60 eventually and my old 87 Corolla wasn't a champ, either.

        The Fit does it in under 10 (barely under 10, mind you) and has a 1.5. Remember its only recently that mass-market cars could get sub-7 and sub-6 times; other than the horsepower explosions of the late 60s.early 70s and right now, 10+ was the norm.

        North Americans are spoiled for power. People talk about the fabulous 400+ cid engines of the past, but forget that, by and large, people were actually buying much more modest cars. Even today we have a Camry (a Camry!) that can nearly break six seconds. That's sheer madness.
        • 7 Years Ago
        If 1.6L-equipped subcompacts can do 0-60 in about 10 seconds, why would this one do it in 20?

        Hell, they're probably going to throw in the USDM Versa's engine for the sake of not making it too "underpowered" by American standards (who the hell floors his car on an onramp anyway?).
      • 7 Years Ago
      "It is the perfect compliment to the powerful new GT-R."

      Exactly.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm all for smaller cars here, but can we get some good looking ones before this thing comes over? Jeez.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did Nissan happen to say when this might happen? There are so few options on the market for small-ish, fuel-efficient cargo haulers, and it can't come soon enough.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do agree with the others it isn't as good looking as the original Scion xB. However, with the new Scion xB having gained so much weight, ugliness and lost so much fuel efficiency, I think this is a natural to bring here.

      Great job Nissan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Given the popularity of the Scion xB in it's first generation here, the box on wheels design sells really well.

      It'll do good here.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If it looks like that when it arrives, it will live a short life.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Looks like a box on wheels. A Renault Clio would be a better choice.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ..unless you have to carry cargo and people at the same time.

        An econocar is a good thing, but sometimes it really helps to be able to actually fit people _and_ their stuff. I have a Honda Fit, which is an excellent car, but you cannot pack the thing for a week-long family vacation. Cars like this (and the Element and xB) get not much worse mileage and offer a lot more versatility.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is a reason who cars aren't boxy anymore. (Remember the 80's?) It's unattractive.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is a reason who boxes are box-shaped. It's good for holding stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw lots of Nissan Cubes when I visited Japan last year. I think they will sell well in the US. They look like a great replacement for the original xB rather than the bloated second generation xB.
      • 7 Years Ago
      btw this is what mine looks like with the bodykit, etc...sorry can't find any pics of the rims just yet

      http://www.impul.co.jp/garage/Repo/2007.03.21_Z11_800.jpg
      • 7 Years Ago
      Awesome, A great Nissan decesion, I love little cars, if other people would give them a try they might be fascinated too.
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