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Mike Stevens | Jul, 09 2014 | 3 Comments

Nissan’s perky little Cube, whether you love it, hate it or remain starkly indifferent, has made plenty of friends on Australia’s grey-import market.

While the little van-cum-hatch has never been offered here officially, a quick search online reveals that at least 200 of the cartoonish Cubes have made their way to our shores.

In fact, while the Cube’s lineage spans three generations, only the third incarnation - now more lozenge-like than cube in its design - has seen an official presence outside of Asian markets.

New reports this week suggest that run may soon come to an end, however, with the Cube conspicuously absent from Nissan America’s announced 2015 line-up.

Quizzed by US mag Motor Trend, the Japanese carmaker’s American arm reportedly confirmed only that the Cube will remain available through 2014.

Is this the end, then, for the Nissan Cube?

Nissan is clearly not saying, but the little hatch’s American sales figures are not inspiring: numbers in 2010 reached a relatively impressive 22,968, but in 2013 just 5461 units were sold.

Compare that to Kia’s new Soul hatch - a remarkably popular offering in the US - which found 118,079 homes in 2013.

If an all-new fourth-generation Cube is not on the way, then yes, this may well be the end.

But if a quirky Nissan is what you need, there’s always the Juke...

 
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