• Jul 20, 2008
The new Nissan Cube will be unveiled the morning of November 19 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and the automaker has begun the buildup to its arrival. The Cube now has an official website, where you can count down the days and see more on the Cube art cars that design students prepared for the '08 New York Auto Show, among other things. Nissan's covering all the bases, also getting the Cube set up on Facebook and other social networking sites in the meantime.

We like the Cube a lot, and hope the new version keeps the character of the current Japanese car intact while delivering power and fuel economy geared to appeal to the U.S. buyer. We don't think Nissan's going to botch this, so and shoppers looking to get their geek ought to have a strong candidate from Nissan. Not that it'll be without competition -- the Scion xB, Honda Element, and Kia Soul will all be vying for peoples' attention, too. Let the geekmobile deathmatch begin. Thanks for the tip, Turkey Pie!


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      • 6 Years Ago
      It could be interesting to know if the upcoming shortened version of the Renault Kangoo might use the Nissan Cube platform? (There some pics of a clay model at http://www.leblogauto.com/2008/07/indiscretion-le-renault-kangoo-compact.html )

      It might also span the upcoming smaller Dodge model (maybe the Hornet) as well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Pity. The last time I seriously considered this car was a few years before the Scion brand existed, it was unique, would have been pretty cheap, quirky and arguably fun. Today, however, the market has evolved substantially. waiting much longer then you should, like SMART did, to enter the US market is fine if you have a quirky niche vehicle that you won't have issues selling, but the CUBE missed it's window of opportunity by quite some time.

      Though looking at Nissan's current overall lineup, I'm not surprised.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Cube will be an excellent addition to the Nissan range and I feel for Scion. They lost out to me on their redo of the xB, too rounded, too van-like, not as unique as it once was. I hope Nissan saw the error of Toyota's ways and does not botch up this redo of the Cube. Can't wait to see the finished product.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Terrible website, cannot find any data on the car or decent photos?
        • 6 Years Ago
        That is because it is a teaser site...
      • 6 Years Ago
      The poor visibility due to the huge rear C(?) pillars would stop me from buying this thing.

      I have never seen so many visibility and ergonomic compromises made in a vehicle just for the sake of styling. This is worse than the FJ Crusier.

      Why would anyone buy this instead of a Honda Element?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Read the review again.

        The thick pillar is only on the driver's side, meaning, it's in a spot the driver can't see anyway. The $64,000 question is whether Nissan will flip the asymmetric layout in the LHD version that's going to be sold here. If it does, there'll be glass back there so the driver can see out.

        If not, then you can bitch about the blind spot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the next one is up to MINI quality/standards, I think I might have to test drive one. I just need a stick shift, I can't do automatics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        mini quality? are you serious? mini rates just above jeep in quality at the very bottom of the list. anything you buy is up to mini's 'standards' (save a jeep).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey, maybe the manual-trans model will have a 5-on-the-tree?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well the site is an interesting concept but mired in the fact they decided to use that annoying pop sound on the mouse overs.

      As for the Nissan Cube, I do think that any car companies that start to recognize that people are again going to shift to smaller footprint vehicles will do well for their attempts.

      I think like the Scion XB proved, beauty is in the beholder and if Nissan can get this vehicle in at the right pricepoint and fuel efficiency they will sell.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why design a car where the back door opens against the curb? How practical is it to load a such car in countries where we drive on the right side of the road?

      This alone would be a sure deal breaker for me.

      BTW: Toyota does the same with the RAV-4.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Europeans ask a similar question re: the clubman's door opening into the street, yet it still sells.

        who knows?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Fuel filler door is on the wrong side. I will refuse to consider any vehicle with the door on the right hand side of the vehicle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's a pretty dumb thing to nitpick about, in my opinion. But you're entitled to keep right on doing so.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why is that every time a person offers an opinion some A-hole feels he has to insult them? I don't like pink cars either. Make something out of that too. Two words for you, and not happy birthday.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why is that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      OK, I want one... first Nissan I've seen in 30 years that I'd even consider owning- IF the gas mileage is there, as in well north of 40 mpg...

      I LIKE the bench seat- don't mind the column shifter, though I'd prefer a manual. Don't need 4wd, either- and I wonder if the back seat is removable?

      And that color! It's just freaking AWESOME!

      Decontent it, Nissan- put a 1.2L 4 banger under the hood with a 5 speed manual, and keep the price under $15k- hell, make the rear seat an option- I have no use for the rear seat- and I'M THERE.

      Maybe you'll listen better than GM does (i.e. the Beat).
      Kumail
      • 6 Years Ago
      nice to see that we are getting one here. those 1st gen xB owners will be happy. :D
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