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Escargot or S-Cargo?

A few days ago I watching a car review of something new, something nobody in America has ever seen; the Nissan S-Cargo. As funny as the name sounds the car is actually considered the “ugliest car ever made,” taking it design to a more literal sense. It is a car with a  more simple design for someone with very simple taste.

Back in 1987 a designer of Nissan designed a bunch of weird Nissan’s, which were sent to Japan and turned into the hottest concept cars of the ’87 Tokyo Auto Show. The S-Cargo making its debut then became a hug automobile of the time in Japan. The commercial van was sold by Nissan from 1989-1992, but never came to America. The entire car has all these curves, circles and arches, and then the rear end just stops. With the odd proportions it gives the car a funny almost silly look, like why would you want to drive that?  It is 137 inches long and 72.4 inches tall. The car uses uses a 75-horsepower 1.5-liter carbureted 4-cylinder engine, mated to a 3-speed automatic transmission. With an engine that small the top speed of the car is 45MPH.


If you think about what a snail looks like or as the French call them, escargot, the shape resembles that of the S-Cargo by Nissan. In the wise words of Doug DeMuro, a auto trader writer who recently was able to import the car to America, “it was designed to resemble a snail, which is quite possibly the ugliest animal on Earth; a creature that looks like a rolled-up piece of clay with protruding eyes and a shell that inexplicably protects about 30 percent of its total body mass. Nissan must’ve considered shaping its car after some beautiful or powerful animal, like a tiger, a lion or one of those colorful tropical birds. But then, they were like, naaah, snail.



  1. jrouse5 wrote:

    I love Doug Demuro! His reviews are great! Especially love how he just goes crazy in his Aston Martin and only sorta cares ^^. I agree! The car does look like a snail – and it’s super crazy. I wish more cars looked so odd today with many cars looking very similar these days, it’s nice to see more uniqueness – especially in vans. Yeesh, they all look the same to me!

    Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm | Permalink
  2. wzhao6 wrote:

    Interesting car. I don’t see the functional side of it but it is funny. Although, if all cars were like this we would have less car accidents.

    Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:54 am | Permalink