Nissan S-Cargo

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Nissan S-Cargo
Nissan S-Cargo 001.JPG
A white Nissan S-Cargo, with canvas roof and quarter window
8,000 produced
DesignerNaoki Sakai
Body and chassis
ClassLight commercial vehicle
Body style2-/3-door van
LayoutFF layout
Engine1.5L E15 I4
Transmission3-speed automatic
Wheelbase89 in (2,261 mm)
Length137 in (3,480 mm)
Width62.8 in (1,595 mm)
Height72.4 in (1,839 mm)
Curb weight2,097–2,141 lb (951–971 kg)

The Nissan S-Cargo is a small retro-styled van manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan from 1989 to 1991, and originally marketed solely in Japan at their Nissan Cherry Stores.

The exterior styling of the S-Cargo was inspired by the Citroën 2CV Fourgonnette delivery van, and interior styling borrowed a Citroën-style single-spoke steering wheel. The name was a double entendre, standing for "Small Cargo" and sounding like "escargot", the French word for snail, which in turn is a nickname for the Citroën 2CV.

The S-Cargo was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989,[1] was originally marketed without Nissan branding and was available by reservation only. Over its two-year production run, 8,000 were produced[1] (variously reported as 12,000).

Because of its origins at Pike Factory, (Nissan's special project group), the S-Cargo—along with the Nissan Figaro, Be-1 and Pao—are known as Nissan's "Pike cars."

In 2011, noted design critic Phil Patton, writing for The New York Times, called the Pike cars "the height of postmodernism"[2] and "unabashedly retro, promiscuously combining elements of the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4, Mini [and] Fiat 500."[2] The S-Cargo was featured on Business Week's list of the "50 ugliest cars of the past 50 years".[3]


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:


  1. ^ a b "S-Cargo (1989 : G20) Commercial Vehicle". Nissan Global.
  2. ^ a b Phil Patton (March 18, 2011). "Nissan's Cartoon Cars, Once So Hip". The New York Times.
  3. ^ 50 Ugliest cars of the past 50 years Business Week

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