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Nissan Cube news - LA show: Nissan Cube - 2008

Oh Mr Nissan, you do spoil us with your many-faceted range.

As well as the 370Z, Nissan also came to LA with the new
Cube. Formerly an ultra-boxy and strangely asymmetrical Japan-only curio, the
Cube has gone global. And lost some of the trenchant slabbiness that made its
name so appropriate.

It’ll come Europe as well as the US. This means Nissan has
to do the body in two mirror-image formats depending on what side of the road
they drive on. That way the side-hinged rear door will always have its handle
on the kerb side. And there’s an extra window on the passenger’s side to help
the driver’s three-quarter vision.

Inside, it’s a tall five-seater with a sliding rear seat.
Plus loads of storage pockets and boxes. It’s undeniably useful. There are a
few nice design touches, too, like a headlining with ripples spreading out from
the central interior light. Hardly something to charm the birds out of the
trees though.

It’s a year off from UK sale, but expect a 1.5 petrol and
1.6 diesel, and prices from around £13,000, with lots of spec. Don’t worry,
Nissan isn’t expecting us all to want one.

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