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,  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 ." This car has been featured on a top 50 ugliest cars list. 
Optional items included:
- An oval portal window installed on each side panel.
- An electric canvas sunroof.