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Apr
09

NYIAS Nostalgia: Part 3

In 2008, Nissan finally brought over the Cube to show US audiences Nissan’s quirky side.  At the 2008 NYIAS, Nissan pulled out the Denki Cube.  The Denki Cube is a lithium ion battery-powered vehicle that Nissan has been testing.  Supposedly, Nissan will be debuting this technology in consumer form sometime after 2010.  This Cube was just a test mule for the technology, whilst also creating a little buzz for the Cube that is now officially on US soil.

NYIAS

Obviously this was the old Cube body style, but you cannot deny it’s cool factor.  The Denki Cube had a few things different, other than power plant, than the production Cube that was currently in Japan at the time.  Main differences on the front end include the grille and headlights.

NYIAS

Those tails were not on the current Japanese production model, they were for the Denki Cube only.  The window curve was clearly from the JDM model though.  The new US model has the window curve facing the other way.

I talked to the Nissan rep while I was checking out the Cube.  He had basically told me that the Cube was coming to the states, but they had not put a date or time on when it would  happen.  He also told me about the lithium ion technology and how they are trying to bring it out soon.  Well that was a year ago and I guess Nissan got their shit together because the US spec Cube is already on US soil.  But their battery technology is still in the works, so we shall see what happens there.

NYIAS ’09 is only a couple days away!  I’m stoked, how about you guys?

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