At the 1999 Frankfurt Motor Show Nissan rolled out the
Cypact concept - a rather dowdy looking vehicle which
looked like it belonged in the 80s, not the end of the
The Cypact was designed as a small car which could offer
fun and economy in equal measure. Although one look at
the exterior, and after a quick examination of the drivetrain,
it's pretty obvious the balance was tilted in favor of
Powering the Cypact was a 1.2 litre turbodiesel 4-cylinder
which produced 75 horsepower. The transmission consisted
of a 5-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels.
This drivetrain offered an extremely frugal 83 mpg.
Thankfully, despite its blandness, the Cypact was cleverly
engineered and packaged. The engine for example was the
first diesel engine to utilize a lightweight alloy block
as opposed to a traditional cast iron unit. The thoughtfully
laid out interior offered ample space for four - no small
feat considering the diminutive exterior proportions.
Oversized doors helped provide easier entry and exit.
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Nissan GT-R Proto
Nissan V35 GT-R
Nissan Pivo 2
Nissan Round Box (R.D/B.X)