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2009 Nissan Cube: It’s Here!


by Tim Joseph

The Los Angeles Auto Show is underway right now and here is a picture of the American Spec 2009 Nissan Cube. It is 10 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the previous model sold in Japan. Many critics said that this vehicle would never sell well here with only 95 HP so Nissan put the 1.8L Versa engine in and we get 122. It is lighter than the Versa so it should have a little bit of pep to its step. You will have the choice of either a 6-speed manual transmission or a CVT transmission. High end features such as push button start, blue tooth and rear sonar will be available. The Cube will come in an S and SL trim just like the Versa and Sentra. While pricing is expected to be just under $15,000, Nissan may surprise us when pricing in announced in February at the Chicago Auto Show.

For more information please check out the article at InsideLine.com.

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2009 370Z Debut

By Tim Joseph.
The all new 2009 Nissan 370Z is about to make it’s North American debut at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show… kind of. Aparently there was an unveiling party thrown by Edmunds.com’s Inside Line this weekend and here is a picture of one of the new Z cars. I love that Nissan is bringing back a bright blue color. I was sad that they decided to drop the Daytona Blue from the 350Z. When I first wrote about this vehicle on October 9th I said that it looked like they were trying to get the look of an old Datun 240Z but updated with the look of a 350Z. Below I’ll post a link to a video where others make the same observation. There was one of the exterior design engineers on hand who said his first car was a 240Z and that is the look they were going for. The new design is more aggressive looking, has Nissan’s new boomerang style headlights and the new Nissan interior design. The vehicle is shorter and more powerful than the 350Z. I’ll get my first look at this car at the 2009 North American International Auto Show here in Detroit in January. If you’re in the Los Angeles area next week you can see it there.