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
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 1989–1992
Designer Naoki Sakai
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Body style 2-/3-door van
Layout FF layout
Engine 1.5L E15 I4
Transmission 3-speed automatic
Wheelbase 89 in (2,300 mm)
Length 137 in (3,500 mm)
Width 62.8 in (1,600 mm)
Height 72.4 in (1,840 mm)
Curb weight 2,097–2,141 lb (951–971 kg)
Predecessor none
Successor none

The Nissan S-Cargo was 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 1988,[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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