Re(al)view: Nissan Cube in Miami | Apartment Therapy

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Miami. Nissan Cube. Hotel. Jan Hammer. Put them all and what do you have? The perfect drive, that’s what.

week we were flown to the of Crockett and Tubbs to sample the new Cube in its natural habitat. We to be in Cartagena and were on our way to Miami so this turned out to be a much trip than the cigarette we originally planned for. The passes were a great

Upon arrival we were up by reps from Nissan in Lamborghini Testarossas (*edit- checked with Nissan, were Black Nissan and there is no such thing as a Testarossa) and whisked off to the [just Epic Hotel at triple the speed limits.

Accommodations were beautiful to make us forget the guard at the “Precautions” said Nissan.

down at the pool from the we discovered a “Miss Latin competition in progress and cursed our from the night before… one night in Miami, what we do with a bathing suit?”

an hour of particularly vigorous and a cold shower later, we ready for Dinner with Campbell, VP of Design at Nissan (Whom we interviewed in the past ).

The Veep of Nissan Design

“So what do you do when you are not thinking cars?”

“I race Hobie he said over some Filet Mignon.

A sailor real California spirit…

“And how did a car with so many parts get past the bean with such a low retail (starting at $13k)?”

“We just that this car, in for it to exist at all, had to be everything it is. We couldn’t go half way because it have never worked. a designer has a pile of ideas on his and 1 or 2 of them actually make it to

On the Cube, only 1 or 2 ideas did NOT it to production. This is a designer’s car.”

“You know the Unplggd readership is your right? What have you to make them love the What have you done for

“We gave you a fun space to make own. We now refer to it as a jacuzzi on but it is affordable and it allows you to plug mobile device directly it. Lots of space and storage it’s really easy to time and relax in.”

Marketing jargon? The next day we be set free with the cars to see for But now, having family in we had a few obligations to fulfill.

After a visit- setting all the clocks on VCR’s, downloading drivers for printers, making sure weren’t skimming too much off the and moving furniture to and fro, it was to the Hotel Epic for a fitful of rest. As the sun went down, the transformed from a scene of beauty to a college spring fest of splashing, squealing, and drunkeness. Sleep came in and pieces and soon the sun was on its way back up.

In the morning there were 12 stacked up outside for us to drive to the presentation space in the Design After an hour or two of stats, and stories, we were again keys to enjoy the city of Those are the “keys” that btw.

Having prior in Miami, we shook our tails and out on our own path. We stopped for a cafesito at Café on Lincoln Road. We behind a Ferrari 430 on Ocean to see whether the cube had enough for the valet to leave it in front- it

We bought fresh-rolled cigars on the Then we drove around to get good pix. Urban pix. Pix with graffiti:

our prescribed time in the car we were an extra couple hours to do we wanted since most of the journalists had gone back to the so we visited a couple friends to run the important test of all. The test. You see- if kids something, it means it is truly a product.

So…do children love the See for yourself:

4 pm showed up a little too for our tastes as things were starting to get fun. The short blast was very entertaining, the late night pool and we felt like we were starting to feel at home the car. It has a bunch of specs below) as any car does, but it is the friendliness of it makes the Cube work. that are nice to have if you are in the digital age are: speed volume, 6 speaker with Fosgate sub audio system, wheel audio controls, and phone system with recognition- some of which are and some that are optional, on which level of trim you iPod connectivity for those i-owners:

An upright driving position it easy to see what you are up to, not to mention the glass on the right side of the car aids in rearward vision. is a hang out at home car, you may be. On the way back to the airport (this in a Ferrari Countach), we reflected on all the work that went making the Cube experience and the car, and the trip, a success. Cue Talk” from Jan Hammer’s From Television” (the to Miami Vice, people)

Cylinders / configuration- 4-cylinder /

Displacement- (liters) 1.8

Torque- 127 @ 4,800 rpm

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