Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Talking Point

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Talking Point

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Byline: ENDA MULLEN

BEAUTY is in the eye of the beholder as they say - and it certainly rings true as far as the Nissan Cube is concerned.

Among the descriptions given were: It looks like a Beluga whale and It reminds me of the cars they drove in Bugsy Malone.

Best of all and something to warm the hearts of the Nissan designers who came up with this curious creation was the comment of a five-year-old girl who exclaimed what a beautiful car as I drove past her family in a hotel car park.

I can think of two ways to get yourself noticed. The first would be to have a Mohican haircut and dye it pink. Alternatively you could buy a Nissan Cube.

In fact, I''d go as far to suggest that you would be far more inconspicuous if you opted for that Mohican.

The Cube is certainly a car to get noticed in - that''s for sure. I''ve had plenty of sideways glances when at the wheel of a Maserati, a Ferrari, a Porsche or an Aston Martin but the attention pales into insignificance when compared to driving the Cube.

I actually lost count of the number of times vans full of builders pointed at me as I drove along and laughed.

To be honest, all the attention didn''t bother me in the slightest. It was only when a decidedly dodgy looking duo did a double take and started to approach me on foot that I found the experience a bit unsettling.

Maybe they did want to engage in pleasant conversation to find out what the hell I was driving, but I wasn''t about to hang around and find out. I simply smiled, put my thumb up and mouthed something to the effect that 'yes it is a very peculiar car'' as I drove off.

In all honesty I really admire manufacturers who dare to be different and the Cube isn''t alone when it comes to curious cars. It has more than a passing resemblance to the Daihatsu Materia, both adopting a decidedly square-ish shape. …

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