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Nissan Introduces the New Cube in Global Markets


24th November, 2008

2009 Nissan Cube (copyright image) Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. has revealed the all-new, third generation of its successful Nissan Cube in launch events in Japan, the United States and Europe. The fully redesigned Cube continues the iconic "cubic" styling of the previous generation, adding a higher level of refinement inside and out. Sales of the new Cube begin in Japan on 26th November, followed by North America in the (northern) spring of 2009, and Europe and other global markets in late 2009.

Originally launched in 1998, the Cube has sold nearly one million units in Japan. The latest version maintains the distinctive exterior styling that is instantly recognisable as the Cube, such as the asymmetric rear end, while pursuing a simpler, more universal design for its debut on the world stage. It offers greater comfort, a larger cabin and a host of innovative interior details such as sofa-like seating, a large glass roof panel that extends over the driver's seat for an open, airy view of the outside environment, and a shoji-style roof shade that fills the cabin with gentle light. Despite its increased roominess, the new Cube remains less than four metres long, providing big utility within a small physical footprint. With its excellent visibility and manoeuvrability, along with smooth performance and high fuel efficiency, the new Cube is a 'daily driver' designed to be enjoyed by value-conscious buyers worldwide.

"The new Cube is designed for people who imagine a life less ordinary, who have grown tired of the never-ending pursuit of faster, more powerful, more outrageously styled cars," said Yosuke Iwasa, Segment Chief Product Specialist. "The quieter, more harmonious qualities of the Cube have attracted interest not only among young people, but for those in every walk of life. While carrying forward the concept of the original Cube, this latest edition has advanced significantly, including offering far greater comfort."

"The new Cube is a refined car of universal quality and appeal, that can compete without 'make-up' or excessive decoration," said Seiji Watanabe, Associate Product Chief Designer. "The development concept took the approach of 'purifying' the Cube design, rather than "evolving' it. A jagged rock, for instance, loses its edges and takes on a polish as it travels down a river. This is the sort of refinement we wanted for the new Cube. We worked to simplify its exterior, using fewer lines and widening certain areas. We allowed the Cube design to refine itself, moving closer to nature and suggesting human warmth. The resulting 'purer, more peaceful' design is just what we wanted. It is a vehicle for people who are not being influenced by others, who go their own way, and enjoy interactions with friends in a welcoming atmosphere."

2009 Nissan Cube (copyright image)

Following are the details of the Cube. The features and specifications listed are for the Japanese version and may vary for other global markets.

Nissan Cube Key Features:

  • Iconic Cube styling - recognisable at a glance
  • Spacious Cube interior - designed for comfort and relaxation
  • Innovative Cube packaging - for easy, relaxed driving

  1. Design
    • A "witty" design with a wide stance that communicates stability and agility
    • An expressive personality that wins over consumers' hearts
    • Windows designed for an expansive view, especially at the rear corners
    • An asymmetric rear hatch, continuing the Cube's unique character
    • "Picture windows" that charmingly frame the passengers
    • An extensive line-up of 10 available body colours, including Craft Board, a Nissan first, and two other new colours
    A relaxing space that brings people together
    • An open cabin, conceived with the image of a Jacuzzi
    • A curve shaped instrument panel
    • High precision "Fine Vision" instrumentation
    • A "skylight"-style glass panel roof that keeps the sky always visible from the driver's seat, and a shoji-style shade to diffuse sunlight, when desired, and fill the cabin with gentle light
    • Comfortable, secure seating with thick seat cushions and matching door armrests for a sofa-like effect
    • A "water drop" ripple design motif in cupholders and other cabin details

  2. Packaging
    Ample space throughout the cabin, including rear seat headroom and knee room
    • The front seat slides 12 millimetres farther (than the previous generation) and lifts up to 60 mm, allowing optimum posture for people of any size
    • Excellent all-around visibility, with the entire engine bonnet visible from the driver's seat
    • Large side and rear quarter windows that help reduce both side and rear blind spots
    • The tightest turning radius in its class at 4.6 metres (except the 15G)
    • Large front door openings, which allow more headroom (than the previous generation) and easy entry and exit
    • Theatre-style rear seating that broadens the view from the rear seats and a more rearward rear seat hip point, which significantly increases knee room
  3. Utility
    A large cabin space for comfort and relaxation
    • In addition to the cushiness of the seat pads, S-springs give the seats a greater depth and a sofa-like feel
    • Side-opening rear hatch, which allows easy one-hand operation
    • The rear seats slide 20 mm farther forward, providing greater luggage area flexibility (than the previous generation)
    • Fashionable and functional storage spaces, including cup holders with the "water drop" ripple motif
    • A CARWINGS navigation system that features a high resolution monitor and hard disc drive, as well as a built-in tuner that receives 12- or 1-segment broadcasting with automatic switching, and a state-of-the-art map-updating system
    • Nissan's first AM/FM/CD combo with a RearView Monitor
    • Push button starter
    • A Nissan Intelligent Key system, which provides enhanced theft-prevention with an electronic steering lock and engine immobiliser linked to the key ID
  4. Mechanism
    A body designed for safety and high performance
    • The platform design minimises mechanical space, including for the engine, transmission and suspension, and provides a roomy cabin and easy handling in an attractive, compact package
    • A wide stance, resulting from moving the wheels to the corners; allows for sharp cornering and a turning radius of just 4.6 metres
    • A more rigid body (than the previous generation), which allows for more stable operation and a comfortable ride
    • A strut front suspension and torsion I-beam rear suspension with improved camber rigidity, driving comfort and stability
    Smooth and responsive
    • The new Cube employs an all-aluminium front-intake, rear-exhaust 1.5-litre HR15DE engine, known for low fuel consumption, compactness, low weight and impressive performance
    • All Cubes equipped with the e-4WD system feature a standard XTRONIC CVT with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) for smoother performance
    • The new Cube's major improvements in fuel efficiency and aerodynamics increase comfort and help conserve energy
    • Better aerodynamics increase fuel-efficiency by two per cent in the high-speed range (compared with the previous Cube)
    • In 2WD models, the CVT oil warmer helps improve fuel-efficiency when the engine is cold (immediately after engine start or when ambient temperatures are low)

Other technologies for safety and environmental protection

  • An auto-light system, which is more sensitive than conventional systems, turns the Cube's lights on automatically when it detects dimming light around the car (such as at twilight or when the windshield wipers turn on)
  • The first Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) option for a Nissan compact (2WD models only)
  • Optimum lighting with multi-reflector halogen headlights
  • Available bi-xenon headlights (with high and low-beam auto-leveler)
  • RearView Monitor
  • Rear adjustable-cycle wiper
  • Centre High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
  • Highly rigid Zone Body Construction
  • Body designed to minimise pedestrian injuries
  • SRS air bag system for front seats
  • SRS curtain air bag system
  • Front seat Active Head Restraints
  • Driver's seat double pre-tensioned seat belt
  • Pre-tensioned seat belts with two-stage load limiters for front seats
  • Rear seat headrestraints (three positions)
  • Low-friction seat belts for all seats
  • Three point seat belts with Emergency Locking Retractors (ELRs) for rear seats (self-rising buckles for three seats)
  • All 2WD and "15X Four" e-4WD versions of the new Cube achieve the 2010 standard for fuel efficiency plus 20 per cent
  • All Cube versions are certified as super low emission vehicles (SU-LEVs), achieving emission cutting goals for 2005 plus 75 per cent
  • Over 95 per cent recyclable*
  • Reduced volatile organic compound usage in the cabin
  • Fuel-consumption display (instant fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and likely cruising range)

*Recyclability ratio of the new model calculated

Australian Availability

Although the new Nissan Cube is scheduled for global release, it is believed that this new model won't make it to Australia.

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