Even if you’re not familiar with the Nissan Cube, you’ll probably be able to recognise it on the street.
Why? Because it is, quite literally, a cube.
Unsurprisingly, the Nissan Cube has a cult following in Australia. With its distinctive shape and endearing features (such as the mysterious dashboard circle shag – affectionately named “Cubic Hair” by Cube aficionados – and a tasteful ripple ceiling), it’s no wonder so many Australians have fallen in love with this car.
However, we have some sad news for Nissan Cube fans who have held onto the hope that it will one day hit our shores.
Wednesday’s kickoff of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show gave us our first physical preview into the Nissan IMk concept, but its most striking feature was its resemblance to the classic Nissan Cube.
This obviously led to questions about whether the iconic Cube will ever come to Australia as a showroom car. However, it was confirmed that the Nissan Cube will not be brought to Australia because it just isn’t economically feasible.
“One of the sad parts of the auto industry is some things that seem easy are ‘wow’ not so easy,” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s Senior Vice President of Global Design.
“So some cars just simply would cost so much money to homologate (gain government approval) in some places, and then the volume [of sales] wouldn’t recover [the money spent].”
The current-generation Nissan Cube is sold only in Japan due to a poor sales history in other countries. The Cube was once available in the US and Canada but was discontinued in 2014 after sales stagnated in the low hundreds of units.
“The Cube going global was not the most successful exercise and a lot of that is the pressures that have to happen to the car in order to meet all the [regulations],” said Albaisa.
Not all hope is lost, however – Nissan Cubes are pretty easy to buy secondhand here in Australia, or you can buy it as a grey import.
With the Cube’s unique silhouette and affordable price, it’s doubtful that it’s going anywhere soon. And if you’re already the proud owner of a Nissan Cube, you can find matching spare parts on Sparesbox with our easy-to-use fitment tool.
You can also watch Sparesbox’s Product Manager Aidan scare his colleagues with a Hella Super Tone Horn upgrade – just make sure you’ve turned the volume down!