Nissan Be-1

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Be-1
Nissan Be-1.JPG
Overview
Manufacturer Nissan Motors
Production 1987-1988 (10,000 Units)
Designer
Body and chassis
Body style 2-Door Notchback
Layout FF layout
Platform Nissan B platform
Related
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L MA10S I4
Transmission
  • 3-speed automatic
  • 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,300 mm (90.6 in)
Length 3,635 mm (143.1 in)
Width 1,580 mm (62.2 in)
Height 1,420 mm (55.9 in)
Curb weight 670 kg (1,477.1 lb)

The Nissan Be-1 is a retro-style automobile manufactured by Nissan Motors. The Be-1 was the first of four such retro spinoffs of the K10 Micra; the S-Cargo, Figaro and Pao being the other three. Like the Figaro, the Be-1 was sold without the Nissan name. It was designed to be a fashionable city car requiring just 4.4 meters (14.4 ft) to turn around and delivering up to 48 mpg (4.9 L/100 km) in the city and 74 mpg (3.2 L/100 km) at a steady 60 km/h (37 mph).

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In Japan, it was exclusive to Japanese Nissan dealership network called Nissan Cherry Store.

Name[edit]

The name is a coined phrase meaning "to be one", or "being one".

Specifications[edit]

The engine was the 1.0L (987 cc) MA10S, and a 3-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission was also supplied. This engine produced 52 PS (51 hp/38 kW) at 6000 rpm and 76 N·m (56 ft·lbf) at 3600 rpm.

The chassis included rack and pinion steering, independent suspension with struts in front, as well as 4-links and coil springs in back. Disc brakes were used in the front, and Drum Brakes were used in the rear.

Type: NISSAN E-BK-10

Specific model codes:

  • BK10RHF (5MT)
  • BK10RHFW (5MT w/canvas top)
  • BK10RHA (3AT)
  • BK10RHAW (3AT w/canvas top)
  • Length: 3,635 mm (143.1 in)
  • Width: 1,580 mm (62.2 in)
  • Height: 1395 mm (w/canvas top 1420 mm)
  • Wheelbase: 2,300 mm (90.6 in)
  • Ground clearance: 165 mm (6.5 in)
  • Front tread: 1,365 mm (53.7 in)
  • Rear tread: 1,350 mm (53.1 in)
  • Weight: MT 670 kg, (w/canvas top 680 kg), AT 700 (w/canvas top 710 kg)
  • Gross weight: MT 945 kg (w/canvas top 955 kg), AT 975 kg (w/canvas top 985 kg)
  • Capacity: 5 people
  • Minimum turning radius: 4.4 m (14 ft)
  • Fuel consumption (according to Japanese rule 10.15): (5MT) 20.5 km/L (48.2 mpg); (3AT) 16.5 km/L (38.8 mpg); (3AT w/canvas top) 15.0 km/L (35.3 mpg)
  • Fuel consumption at a steady 60 km/h (37 mph): (5MT) 31.4 km/L (73.9 mpg); (3AT) 25.4 km/L (59.7 mpg)
  • Engine type: MA10S
  • Water-cooled OHC inline-4-cylinder
  • Bore x Stroke: 68.0 mm x 68.0 mm (2.68 x 2.68 in)
  • Volume displacement: 987 cc (60.2 cui)
  • Compression ratio: 9.5
  • Highest outputs: 52 PS (38 kW) at 6000 rpm
  • Max. torque: 7.6 kgf·m (75 N·m/55.3 ft·lbf) at 3600 rpm
  • Electronically controlled carburetor (ECC)
  • Fuel tank capacity: unleaded regular, 40 L (10.6 US gal)
  • Rack and pinion steering
  • Rear suspension: independent, 4 link coil type
  • Front suspension: struts
  • Disc brakes front and rear
  • Tire size: 165/70R12 front and rear
  • Note: The electric canvas top became available in March 1987.
  • Body color: Pumpkin Yellow, Tomato Red, Hydrangea Blue, Onion White (all with black interior; steel wheels were painted in body color)

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