Nissan Kills Cube, Murano CrossCabriolet. Will Anyone Mourn Their Deaths?

July 14, 2014

The American consumer has spoken, and Nissan has listened: according to Auto News, the quirky Cube and the ungainly Murano CrossCabriolet won't be coming back for 2015.

Or ever, for that matter.

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The CrossCabriolet's demise we can understand. When it was introduced, it quickly became the most-hated car of the year, with one journalist describing it as "an artichoke on wheels". There's a good reason that no one makes drop-top SUVs, and the CrossCabriolet reminds us why.

But the Murano CrossCabriolet wasn't just ugly enough to make us yearn for the ability to unsee. It didn't just suffer from an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weenie trunk. It was also very, very pricey, costing some $13,000 more than its non-convertible twin. We know that sexy comes at a price, and we've got no problem paying for it, but coughing up an extra Nissan Versa for the privilege of cruising around town in a wobbly boatload of ugly? We'll pass.

The death of the Nissan Cube, however, is a little disappointing. Though its look is...distinctive, at least it doesn't suffer from "a front-end shake that would mix a good daiquiri".

The Cube also boasts descent fuel economy. Silhouette-wise, it's not that different from some Scion models that have fared well in the past. And frankly, it's been a pretty good seller in Japan for the past 15 years.

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Alas, sales in the U.S. haven't kept pace. In the first half of 2014, Nissan sold just 2,294 of the little guys, which is 31 percent fewer than in 2013. And so, after six years, Nissan is bidding the Cube goodbye. (Though the automaker isn't saying sayonara just yet: so far as we know, the Cube will remain on sale in Japan.)  

Cube, Murano CrossCabriolet, we hardly knew ye. Which is probably for the best.


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