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Review: 2009 Nissan Cube S is unbalanced, in a good way

One of our favorite cars last year was a cream-colored, Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), second-generation Nissan Cube that the Japanese automaker loaned us for a few days of commuting and assorted daily driving duties. It was a fantastic car, with excellent styling, the ingenious e-4WD system, a practical interior, and – bless its heart – a front bench seat. Nissan was passing around the keys because it wanted to build up buzz for the arrival of the third-generation Cube, which would break free of the right-hand-drive market prison to which its predecessors were restricted.... Read More

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    Report: The cars that won't live to see 2015 [w/video] [UPDATE]
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    Every year in the fast-paced automotive industry brings new models, but it also spells the end for some that have been less successful. This year will be no exception. Japan's automakers make up the bulk of the list of discontinued models for the 2015 model year: Acura is replacing the TL and TSX with the new TLX sedan, Honda is bidding farewell to the ...

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    Confirmed: Nissan Cube dead for 2015
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    Another class cut-up has graduated from our motor pool. The Nissan Cube's indefatigable weirdness was likely both its chief selling point and its Achilles Heel, but Autoblog sources say that after a six-year run in the US, the niche player has been scrubbed from the Japanese automaker's lineup. The move is hardly unexpected – there was confirmation ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #380
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    Episode #380 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Chris Paukert and Seyth Miersma talk about the Fiat-Chrysler five-year plan, the seeming demise of the Nissan Cube, and proposed legislation to require speed limiters with a 68-mph maximum on America's tractor trailers. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your ...

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    Report: Nissan Canada kills Cube, is US next?
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    Canadians, say goodbye to the quirky Nissan Cube. In fact, it's too late; it's already gone. The question now becomes whether the boxy model gets the axe in the US as well. Nissan didn't exactly publicize the Cube's Canadian retirement. An Autos.ca reader noticed that the vehicle was no longer listed on the automaker's official site in the Great White ...

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    Report: Nissan recalling 841k vehicles overseas for steering wheel trouble
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    A possible issue with a steering wheel bolt in the Nissan Micra (shown) and Cube from the 2002 to 2006 model years has Nissan recalling roughly 841,000 units on four continents, as well as Oceania and the Middle East. On the affected cars, the bolt may not have been tightened properly, which could lead to a loss of steering in a worst-case scenario. ...

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    Official: Nissan prices the 2013 Versa, Cube and Armada
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    Nissan has revealed prices for three of its 2013 offerings: the Versa, Cube and Armada. There are no exterior revisions for any beyond paint choices, but all get new combinations in packaging and tech along with minor price increases. The Versa goes up in price by $1,000. The base, five-speed manual Versa S rings up at $11,990 before the $790 destination ...

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    Video: Nissan Cube needs only a few bolt-ons to hit 1,000+ HP
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    The Juke-R needed a complete rework for just 480 horsepower. The Nissan Cube needs only a few bolt-ons to more than double that number, apparently. Despite having very little experience with imports, the guys over at AmericanMuscle.com put together a hilarious video showing exactly how to get a Nissan Cube to crank out 1,001 horsepower. After the base ...

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    Report: Nissan says it's still committed to Cube despite slow sales
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    The Nissan Cube is... different. There aren't many vehicles that pack the length of a sub-compact, the height of a crossover and the sex appeal of a postal truck. There is no question that Nissan was thinking out of the box with this boxy ride, but the model has never really caught on in the States. In 2009, Nissan sold 21,000 units, followed by 23,000 ...

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    Confirmed: Nissan discontinues Krom Cube and Rogue models for 2012
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    Nissan has confirmed to Autoblog that the Krom versions of its Cube hatchback and Rogue crossover will be discontinued for the 2012 model year. The Cube Krom, based off of the 1.8 S model, was introduced at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, while the Rogue Krom joined the lineup later that year as a 2010 model. Both vehicles were set apart from their kin with ...

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    Rumormill: Nissan Cube on the outs in UK?
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    At one time there were high hopes in the UK for the current generation Nissan Cube. But in the year since its entry into the market, the quirky little box on wheels has experienced putrid sales. We're talking a reported 686 units sold. In a year. And with no diesel version on the way. Auto Express reports that the Cube has been so unsuccessful on the ...

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    Reports: Nissan to repair 2.14 million vehicles in its 3rd biggest recall ever
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    The line at the door for the recall party is getting longer. Nissan has just showed up and it needs to bring in 2.14 million vehicles around the world, making it the automaker's third largest recall of all-time. The issue lies with a faulty ignition relay that could cause the engine to stall or fail to restart. The fix is reported to take less than 25 ...

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    Nissan gets in on the custom graphics racket
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    Nissan is teaming up with Original Wraps Inc. to join Ford by jumping on the custom vinyl bandwagon. The Cube is the first Nissan to receive the vinyl wrap treatment and you can customize your own designs at NissanGraphics.com. As the Cube customization hits the web it will quickly be followed by the Juke before Nissan moves on to the Frontier, with ...

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    Bang for Your Bark: AAA picks best canine-friendly cars
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    Dog owners looking for a new set of wheels can take heart; the American Automobile Association has taken the time to pick a handful of vehicles best suited to moving your furry friend from one place to another. With around 45 million households across the country boasting at least one dog in the family, it should be no surprise that the ability to ...

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    Nissan recalls 46,000 2009-10 Cube models over fuel system integrity
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    Last month, the Lexus HS250h was the subject of a serious recall involving fuel leakage resulting from rear-end collisions. Now, Nissan faces a similar predicament involving 2009 and 2010 model year Cube hatchbacks, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a full recall, covering 46,000 Cubes built between January 30, 2009 and ...

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    KBB names coolest cars under $18k... do you agree?
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    Being in the market for a cheap new car used to mean resigning yourself to time bombs like the Chevrolet Citation or windups like the Geo Metro or Ford Aspire, but the times, they are a-changin', and the good folk at Kelley Blue Book have worked up their very own top 10 list of cool cars for under $18,000. Not surprisingly, the 2011 Ford Fiesta nabbed a ...

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    Report: Volcano stops JDM Nissan plant, could hurt U.S. Cube, Murano, Rogue supplies
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    The wrath of Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull volcano continues. Airlines are just now beginning to get brave enough to test the skies after airborne ash put a stop to all flights last week, and today there are new reports of volcanic activity putting everyone on notice. And while the volcano has left plenty of travelers stranded across Europe, the ...

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    Ice Cube: Everyone's favorite boxy Nissan chills in London with famed tattoo artist
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    With such a strong focus on design, we knew it wouldn't be long before the Nissan Cube was transformed into some sort of life-size art project. And that's exactly what legendary celebrity tattoo artist Henry Hate has done, creating an ice sculpture that encompasses the edgy design of Nissan's econobox with tattoo art. Not only is this Hate's first ...

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    Nissan installs 1.5-liter dCi engine to European Cube
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    Want an oil-burning little box? Europeans can. They are able to get the boxy Nissan Cube with a Renault-sourced 110 hp 1.5 liter diesel engine, thanks to the underpinnings that are related to the Nissan Micra and the Renault Clio. The engine is only Euro-IV compliant, but regulations in Germany are pushing the the company to introduce a new 1.5-liter ...

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    PSA: Bono wants cars to bring sexy back
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    No, really. If you didn't know, U2's front man and Africa activist Bono is a regular columnist at The New York Times. And he (too) has a top 10 list to kick off the new decade we now find ourselves living in. Bono first smartly apologizes for burdening our collective eyes and minds with yet another such list, before then presenting his. Items found on ...

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    Nissan may bust a nut under pressure, recalls 143,000 over tire monitoring woe
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    If you own a 2008-2010 Nissan with Tire Pressure Monitoring and you live in one of the 21 "cold weather" states, your tires could lose an air load in a big hurry. Nissan is recalling 143,000 vehicles equipped with TPMS after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered that the material in the nut may corrode in areas that use high ...

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