The Nissan S-Cargo is a small retro commercial van manufactured by Nissan for model years 1989-1991, 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, [2] was originally marketed without Nissan branding and was available by reservation only. Over its two-year production run, 8,000 were produced [2] (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 " and "unabashedly retro, promiscuously combining elements of the Citroën 2CV, Renault 4 , Mini [and] Fiat 500 ." This car has been featured on a top 50 ugliest cars list. [8]

Specification

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 .

Optional items included:

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