Nissan Figaro

The Nissan Figaro is a small retro car manufactured by Nissan. The car was originally sold only in Japan. Despite this, the Nissan Figaro has become popular with celebrity owners in the UK, given the popularity of second-hand Japanese import cars.


The Figaro was introduced at the 1989 Tokyo Motor Show under the slogan "Back to the Future". It was built by a Nissan special projects group called Pike Factory, who also produced other niche automobiles such as the Be-1, Pao and S-Cargo. Only four colours were available: Topaz Mist, Emerald Green, Pale Aqua and Lapis Grey. Each colour symbolised a season of the year. When the car was launched, topaz mist was the least popular colour. There were only 2,000 produced in Topaz mist hence they have become increasingly rare.

The Figaro was equipped with leather seats, air conditioning, CD player and a open roof. It was designed by Shoji Takahashi, who won a design competition with the car.

The engine was Nissan's MA10ET, a turbocharged 1.0 L (987 cc) I4.

Only 8,000 were originally available with an additional 12,000 added to production numbers to meet demand. Prospective purchasers had to enter a lottery to be able to buy one of these cars. Limited edition cars came with passenger side baskets and cup holders. These now fetch hundreds on internet auction sites.

In The Sarah Jane Adventures, Sarah Jane Smith drives a green Figaro, which was also featured in the finale of Doctor Who's fourth series.



  • Interior Width: 1310 mm (51.57 in)
  • Interior Height: 1130 mm (44.49 in)
  • Treadwidth: Front: 1335 mm (52.56 in), Rear: 1350 mm (53.15 in)
  • Riding Capacity: Four people


  • Max laden weight : 1235 kg (2723 lb)
  • Max rolling weight : 1835 kg (4045 lb)
  • Max load (front axle) : 620 kg (1367 lb)
  • Max load (rear axle) : 625 kg (1378 lb)
  • Max trailer weight (with brakes) : 310 kg (683 lb)
  • Max trailer weight (without brakes) : 600 kg (1323 lb)


  • Turning Circle (Kerb-to-Kerb): 4.7 m (15 ft 5 in)
  • Fuel Economy:
  • Fuel consumption rate: 60 km/h running, on level ground:


  • Bore and Stroke: x
  • Compression Ratio: 8.0:1
  • Max Power: at 6000 rpm
  • Max Torque: at 4400 rpm
  • Fuel Delivery: ECCS
  • Fuel Type/Capacity: Regular Unleaded/40L (8.8 imp. gal. / 10.6 US gal.)

Various devices

  • Steering: Rack and pinion
  • Suspension: Four-wheel independent
    • Front: Strut-type
    • Rear: 4-link, with stabilizer bar (anti-sway bar)
    • Front Wheel Drive
  • Brakes: Ventilated front discs
  • Tire size: 165/70R12 77H
    • Cold climate spec: 155SR12


Exterior body colors:

  • Emerald Green (6K8)
  • Pale Aqua (6K9)
  • Lapis Gray (7K0)
  • Topaz Mist (7K1)

Interior colors:

  • Main color:
    • White (Q)
  • The following parts come the same color as the exterior body:
    • Top of dashboard
    • Steering wheel horn button
    • Seat piping
    • Carpet


  • Uniquely designed CD/Tape/Radio stereo (dealer option)
  • Manually-retractable trunk tray


  • Safety equipment and front seat restraints
    • Three point seat belts
    • Rear seat: Three point seat belts
    • Driver's seat belt not fastened warning (buzzer)
  • High-mount stoplamp
  • Genuine leather seats standard equipment.
  • Low mount head rest for classic appearance.
  • Synthetic leather piping is used for the prevention of leather fatigue.
  • High quality paint on interior and exterior.


  • Retractable top which became one of Figaro's unique trademarks
    • External design completely hidden in trunk.
    • Equipped with a double lock and warning buzzer as a safety feature.
    • Secondary hood latch designed so the hood should not open while driving or by accidental activation.
  • Rear window defroster on glass.


  • Flush mount apron and flush mount fender.
  • Fiber glass resin material is used with an outer gel coat.
  • Resulting in durable low maintenance body components.
  • Fluoroplastic paint is used.

Special mentions

  • There was a limited release of the Figaro to 20,000 in the whole country.
  • By the end of August 1991 the car was divided into three portions.
  • The sold form was taken.

Manufacturer option

  • Manual air conditioner
  • Air cleaner (pure tron)
  • Seat bag hanging type (SR-1)
  • CD combination stereo deck
  • 6x4 inch speaker kits
  • Aluminum loading wheel/12×4.5

Jo/s=45 mm Special spoke type/silver

  • Steel wheel 12x4.50B For tire in winter
  • Air valve for tire in winter
  • Wheel nut (for tire in winter)
  • Full wheel cover For tire in winter (white)
  • Half wheel cover /chrome plating (for tire in winter)
  • Steel chain (band addition)

For 155 for 165/70R12/SR12

  • Suparsailchan For 155 for 165/70R12/SR12
  • Ring super-X For 165/70R12 and for 155SR12
  • Luggage room lamp Hitai (white lens) and attachment set
  • 100 km/h Speed alarm
  • Cigarette lighter

Exterior options

  • Rear side protector Pub mirror Totono
  • Door mirror cover (chrome plating)
  • Door steering wheel protector (stainless steel)
  • Fillet Ttomorl (stainless steel) reception desk set
  • Fillet Ttomorl (stainless steel) rear set
  • Door edge lace (stainless steel)
  • Roof visor (stainless steel)
  • Headlight visor (stainless steel)
  • Floor mats with car name logo (front and rear)
  • Trunk-mounted ski rack (for two ski sets)
  • Body cover (silver-colored polyester)
  • Accent stripe seeming type (reception desk rear set)
  • Decal kit owners plate (aluminum) Car name logo 1000Turbo character
  • Winter braid Right and left expert 475 mm
  • Corner Paul Design type
  • Numberplate rim for reception desk (stainless steel)

Interior options

  • Floor carpet (sherbet orange/silver gray)
  • Kick plate (stainless steel)
  • Half seat cover (one knitting ..silver gray.. race part.) gray & orange and suede. preparing.
  • Cushion (rug)
  • Rear window screen (brown with car name logo)
  • Instorroatorei Net type
  • Cup holder (one big or regular size can and with putting small articles) (CDs can be stored.)
  • Beige leather covers for steering wheel, shift knob, and parking lever
  • Yashetoboccs Beige (combination skin)
  • Child safety seat (blue/pink)
  • Junior safety seat (blue/pink)
  • Trunk tray (body cover storage band addition)
  • First-aid kit (A/B type emergency set (A case insertion/B backing type)
  • Big bag (seat similar combination skin/A2 size)
  • Staff bag set (seat similar combination skin) (A4/A6 glasses case)
  • Owners bag Seat similar combination (skin)
  • Automobile inspection certificate putting

(seat similar combination skin/door pocket storage type)

  • Petit-Cotte Pittorre (carwash and wax cliff articles set)

B set for A set/wax for carwash

  • Car care set (with genuine leather cleaner)
  • Day planner (seat similar combination skin)
  • Handicap mirror (with car name logo)

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