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Shiro Nakamura, Nissan's global design director says "the Cube is coming to the U.S. market." The Cube gets 37 MPG and has something called e-4WD, which includes an electric motor that kicks in when you need it. The Cube is already out in Japan (see wacky Japanese commercial below the fold) and there were rumors it might come to the U.S. Now that it's confirmed, I wonder who needs the Scion xB? Well, Nissan has said they don't intend to compete with the Scion xB. To that I say, "Yeah right, whatever dude." Look out for the Cube's U.S. release in late 2008 or, more likely, early 2009.

[Source: Auto Spies, LA Times]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      A.Brien, Look for a follow up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I cant be sure but i dont think it is a hybrid in the sense of a hydrid like the prius or anything that uses regenerative energy means ect...
      The hybrid simply powers the rear wheels making it 4 wheel drive whilst sapping power from the engine in the form of a generator.
      Bieng this type of hyrid reduces efficency. The standard version gets more than 37 im sure, about 39 or someting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These things have a cool back window. They seemed very popular in Japan.
      • 7 Years Ago
      2003 called. They are saying that you are late.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oops one more thing I forgot to mention. The e-4WD system really isn't a hybrid in the traditional sense. They are using electricity to transfer torque from the front to the rear. This is a simpler and lighter way to transfer mechanical energy.
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      Jack


      Used Nissan Patrol
        • 4 Months Ago
        Could this system be converted into hybrid car
      • 7 Years Ago
      The 100 mpg car was killed by the automakers and the oil companies. It was around and many other great ideas were killed specifically by the big 3, the big and not supported by the Federal Government, because that means less profit. When people start realizing that they have been hood-winked, you'll be like others and convert an older car to LPG and be done with car payments trips to the Mobil station.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Edmunds.com has a different opinion of the cube....based on how it performs on the American roads.

      I'll stick with my 08 xB


      http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=124845
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey #6... The Peugeot 207 SW starts at almost £14,000 British Pounds or around $28,000 US. So if I wanted to spend less and get MORE, I'd go with the Altima Hybrid which has 198 horsepower, is like a rocket, and posts 35mpg city average. In fact, you can find them and buy them (Hybrid Altima) in the $25K range, and get about $1500 off sticker and a $2350 tax credit. Regarding this Nissan Cube - hey, why not!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oops one more thing I forgot to mention. The e-4WD system really isn't a hybrid in the traditional sense. They are using electricity to transfer torque from the front to the rear. This is a simpler and lighter way to transfer mechanical energy. Instead of having a complex transfer case and a drive shaft running the length if the vehicle, you just have wires. Since no energy is stored for later use there is on increase in fuel economy.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's finally official. The next generation Cube is coming to North America. Announced by Al Castignetti, the Vice President and General Manager at the New Your Auto Show.

      Cheers,
      Nissan Cube Life
      • 7 Years Ago
      "4. The Japanese are going back to the drawing board like a mad scientist."

      The Nissan Cube is old news:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Cube

      And a hybrid as small and light as this that only gets 37 mpg is pretty poor.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Let's make one thing very clear. The Scion Xb is a CUBE look-alike, not the other way around.
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