A white Nissan S-Cargo, with canvas roof and quarter window
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Light commercial vehicle|
|Body style||2-/3-door van|
|Engine||1.5L E15 I4|
|Wheelbase||89 in (2,261 mm)|
|Length||137 in (3,480 mm)|
|Width||62.8 in (1,595 mm)|
|Height||72.4 in (1,839 mm)|
|Curb weight||2,097–2,141 lb (951–971 kg)|
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, was originally marketed without Nissan branding and was available by reservation only. Over its two-year production run, 8,000 were produced (variously reported as 12,000).
In 2011, noted design critic Phil Patton, writing for The New York Times, called the Pike cars "the height of postmodernism" and "unabashedly retro, promiscuously combining elements of the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4, Mini [and] Fiat 500." The S-Cargo was featured on Business Week's list of the "50 ugliest cars of the past 50 years".
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