Nissan S-Cargo is First Produced
The Nissan S-Cargo is a small retro commercial van manufactured by Nissan.
Its name was an amusing double entendre meaning both "Small Cargo" as well as "Escargot", the French word for snail. This was because the styling of the S-Cargo looked a lot like a snail. The S-Cargo design was directly inspired by the appearance of the tiny French Citroën 2CV camionette or small truck, even including the single spoke steering wheel. The 2CV was relatively popular in Japan at this time.
The car was introduced at the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989, and was built from 1989 to 1992 by Pike Factory for Nissan. Approximately 12,000 were manufactured. All S-Cargo's are right hand drive. While initially marketed only in Japan, S-Cargo's have spread as grey import vehicles.
It has a small cult following, in spite of being criticised for looking "toy like". Its rarity, quirky looks and huge signage panels make it an attention-grabbing vehicle. Both McDonald's and KFC have used it for mobile billboard advertising.
The S-Cargo was equipped with a 1.5-litre E15S 4-cylinder petrol/gasoline engine, a 3-speed automatic transmission, and air conditioning.
Optional items included:
An oval portal window installed on each side panel.
An electric canvas sunroof.