The Nissan Cube is on its way out here in the US and Canada. In a way, that's too bad, simply because the Cube's styling was nothing if not distinctive – much like the company's own Juke. However, the flame for uniquely styled models is indeed still burning over at Nissan.

We might never see an exact replacement for the Cube in the brand's lineup, but product planning boss Andy Palmer says that its retirement leaves a spot open in the Nissan lineup for something else. "To be clear, we will morph this space in our portfolio into something iconic," said Palmer to Automotive News. Unfortunately, he wouldn't hint at what that could mean.

However, his lack of suggestions makes it fun to speculate about what oddity could replace the Cube, especially since two of Nissan's more recent quirky concepts might have problems hitting the road. The Bladeglider is mired in Nissan and Deltawing Technologies' ongoing patent lawsuit. Alternatively, the retro-inspired IDx might be too expensive to build profitably. Still, this is the company that created both the (nearly dead) Murano CrossCabriolet and the very successful Juke; it can probably come up with something else delightfully weird.


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      KeiCarLvr
      • 5 Months Ago
      IDx please?
      11fiveoh
      • 5 Months Ago
      People will complain no matter what. Every vehicle in the cubes class like the soul and xb are goofy looking. I personally like the look of the juke, it's not trying to be anything else. I'm more offended by auto makers ripping designs from each other.
      Doug
      • 5 Months Ago
      Putting wheels under a shipping crate makes it iconic?
      Cruising
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Nissan Figaro was rather iconic, sure it did not sell many but Nissan does not offer a true city car in the states. Yeah they get the Micra in Canada and other places but the Figaro is rather iconic in it's own right. Figaro could be a Fiat 500 competitor and a NISMO Figaro would be bliss. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Figaro
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      I miss the cube, I like how it looks and the interior is nothing short of living-room-comfortable, which is impressive considering it's Japanese. They didn't market this car, and they stuck an unreliable CVT on it to make sure it wasn't a solid choice against its competition, and that was its true downfall.
        bootsnchaps60
        • 5 Months Ago
        @IBx27
        I've been a passenger in a Cube and the seats were short and the doors seemed tinny. But otherwise it was roomy. I drove a Versa with a CVT in a work fleet and didn't like it, never seemed to be in a gear.
        mxpie6
        • 5 Months Ago
        @IBx27
        ya the engine, CVT, and marketing were all weak. People generally liked the exterior.
      Lab Rat
      • 5 Months Ago
      Give me my Silvia!
      Azazel
      • 5 Months Ago
      I love the Cube. I've been a fan of it ever since seeing one in Japan. It just had a really cool style, that was so open to customization. It was like a giant lunchbox. I hate to see it go.
      BipDBo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Modern day Nissan and iconic design, does not compute.
      ChaosphereIX
      • 5 Months Ago
      what an ugly, ugly machine. It is unique, but that is all it has going for it.
      Bernard
      • 5 Months Ago
      Nothing can beat the Soul, it's the only thing in this segment that looks right.
        mxpie6
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Bernard
        the xD looks better (best looking city commuter imo)but it's not marketed much and it's not well equipped for the price difference.
      toymanj
      • 17 Days Ago

      I have a 2009 Cube. I am 6', 230 Lbs. I have 33,000 miles on it. It is VERY roomy, drives well....Would buy another if it was not being phased out....as of this date I hear it is automotive history. Goes to show you it's all about marketing, not quality. Hope I can get parts in 5 years!

      bootsnchaps60
      • 5 Months Ago
      I prefer my name for the Joke-Spawn of Aztek.
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