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Nissan S-Cargo

Nissan S-Cargo
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Overview
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 1989–1992
Designer Naoki Sakai
Body and chassis
Class Van
Body style 2-door van
Layout FF layout
Powertrain
Engine 1.5L E15S I4
Transmission 3-speed automatic
Dimensions
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Chronology
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Successor none

The Nissan S-Cargo is a small retro commercial van manufactured by Nissan. The styling of the S-Cargo was directly inspired by the appearance of the small postwar French Citroën 2CV Fourgonnette delivery van; it even used a Citroën style single spoke steering wheel. The 2CV was in its final years of production in the late 1980s and had a niche popularity in Japan at this time. Its name was a double entendre meaning both "Small Cargo" as well as "Escargot", the French word for snail, a nickname for the Citroën 2CV being The Tin Snail.

The van was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1988.[1] It was built by a Nissan special projects group called Pike Factory, which also produced other niche automobiles such as the Be-1, Pao and Nissan Figaro. Approximately 12,000 S-Cargos were manufactured. All vehicles are right hand drive. While initially marketed only in Japan, the S-Cargo has spread as a grey import vehicle. In Japan, it was exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealership network called Nissan Cherry Store.

It has a small cult following, in spite of being criticised for looking "toy like". Its rarity, quirky looks and huge signage panels make it an attention-grabbing vehicle. Both McDonald's and KFC have used it for mobile billboard advertising.

The S-Cargo was equipped with a 1.5 L E15S 4-cylinder petrol/gasoline engine, a 3-speed automatic transmission, and air conditioning. It was based on the B11 Station Nissan Sunny.[citation needed]

Optional items included:

  • An oval portal window installed on each side panel.
  • An electric canvas sunroof.

References

  1. ^ Nissan Heritage Collection http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/HERITAGE/s_cargo_230.html. Retrieved 6 April 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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