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Nissan S-Cargo
Nissan S-Cargo 001.JPG
Manufacturer Nissan
Production 1989–1992
Predecessor none
Successor none
Class Van
Body style(s) 2-door van
Layout FF layout
Engine(s) 1487 cc E15S SOHC I4
73 hp (54 kW)
Transmission(s) 3 speed automatic
Wheelbase 89 in (2,261 mm)
Length 137 in (3,480 mm)
Width 62.8 in (1,595 mm)
Height 72.4 in (1,839 mm)
Curb weight 2,097 to 2,141 lb (951 to 971 kg)
Fuel capacity 40 L (11 US gal; 8.8 imp gal)

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.

External links

  • [1] - Import Driver Review

A useful resource for spare parts and contacts with other owners is available via the Nissan S-cargo Van Club blog at

the Scargo is based on a nissan sunny platform not a micra/march

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