European suppliers play a key role in the new Nissan Cube's powertrain. France's Valeo SA provides the clutch and hydraulic systems for the boxy subcompact's manual transmissions. Germany's Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG produces the pistons for the Cube's 1.5-liter diesel and a 1.6-liter gasoline engine. Britain's TI Automotive Ltd. and A. Raymond S.a.r.l. of France supply the fuel system. Federal-Mogul Corp. supplies the fuel hose.
The Cube's diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission, while the gasoline unit comes with either a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. The CVT was co-developed by Nissan and its affiliated transmission supplier, JATCO Ltd.
Robert Bosch GmbH and Nissan co-developed the “Connect” multimedia system for a number of different vehicles in the Nissan model range, including the Cube, Micra and Note. The system comprises an AM/FM radio tuner and a CD/MP3 music system. The navigation system component has a touchscreen display that allows the user to choose a route that will require the least amount of fuel, thereby saving money and reducing CO2 emissions. The system also has a Bluetooth interface that enables hands-free telephone communication.
German supplier Hella KGaA Hueck & Co. provides the optional rain light sensor and height sensor for automatic dimming of the xenon headlamps. Hella is the only supplier of rain light sensors to Nissan. This component is an optional fit on the Cube.
The Cube, which has a starting price in Germany of 18,000 euros, is based the Nissan B platform that is also used to make the Micra subcompact.