Nissan Be-1 is First Produced
The Nissan Be-1 is a retro-styled automobile from Nissan Motors.
The Be-1 was one of four fashionable spinoffs of the K10 Micra — the S-Cargo, Figaro and Pao being the other three. Like the Figaro, the Be-1 was sold without the Nissan name.
According to the article on Japanese Wikipedia, the name is a coined phrase meaning "to be one", or "being one".
The engine was the 1.0 L (987 cc) MA10S, and a 3-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission was also supplied. This engine produced 52 PS (51 hp/38 kW) at 6000 rpm and 76 N·m (56 ft·lbf) at 3600 rpm.
It was designed as a fashionable city car in the mold of the Figaro, requiring just 4.4 m (14.4 ft) to turn around and delivering up to 48 mpg (4.9 L/100 km) in the city and 74 mpg (3.2 L/100 km) at a steady 60 km/h (37 mph).
The chassis included rack and pinion steering, independent suspension with struts in front and 4-links and coil springs in back. Disc brakes were used at front, and Drum Brakes were used at rear.