Nisda Cherty X- bo mashup

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Nisda Cherty X- bo

The Nisda Cherty may sound odd, but it simply fuses the Nissan Cherry and Honda City together in one car!
The front section is taken from the Nissan Cherry and the rear section is taken from the Honda City.
The fusion of these two cars was born out of the necessity to cut costs and both manufacturers combined forces, combining the best of both cars into this new Nisda Cherty.
Nissan and Honda deemeed it a good idea to combine the front of a coupe and the rear of a hatchback.

The Nisda Cherty combines the late 60s and late showa. The tiny Cherry featured a Space Age design from the late 60s. In 1971 coupe was released and it’s bonkers C-pilar with an enormous blindspot topped the Space Age design. Fender mounted mirrors were a necessity to give the driver at least some rear visibility.
The City Turbo was a typical early 80s hot hatchback: small econobox full of turbocharged fun!


The Nisda Cherty has 3 doors and the total length of the car is 3482mm.
The weight of the car also changed from 690 kilograms (Nissan Cherry) and 690 kilograms (Honda City) to 690 kilograms (1521 pounds).

Number of doors 3
Length 3482mm
Width 1570mm
Height 1460mm
Wheelbase 2277mm
Weight 690kg
Front suspension McPherson
Rear suspension Independent strut suspension
Topgear ratio 1.000
Final drive 4.067

Engine and drivetrain

Engine A12T
Engine location front
Engine layout Transverse
Displacement 1171
Bore x Stroke 73 x 70
Cylinders 4
Aspiration Dual-sidedraft Hitachi carburettors
Intercooler no
Power 70 hp (52 kW)
Torque 98 Nm (72 lb.ft)
Gearbox 4 speed manual

The models featuring the A12T engine are denoted by a P in the model code, for instance PE10RTK for the two door X-1 sedan or KPE10ST for the X-1R coupe.The redline of the A12T engine is 7000rpm, which makes 80km/h achievable in second gear.

X- bo trim level

The X- bo mixes the best out of the Nissan Cherry X-1R and the Honda City Turbo.

A two spoke dished steeringwheel and grated pedals made the driverseat look like a racers cockpit!
In contrary to the front seast being bucket style seats and offering more support for the occupant, the rear seats aren’t made for extra comfort: they are simply the same seats as the normal trim with turbo branded cloth.


In 1973 the car received a facelift where the front grille gets a total makeover. The grille resembles the new Sunny B110 facelift and again the X-1R receives an indistinguishable X-badge on the grille.
In 1984 the special model called Manhattan HiFi offered a 100mm raised roof line and boombox speakers that folded out of the roof right below the rear hatch.

The original front: Nissan Cherry

This particular model of the Nissan Cherry was sold in 1969. The body style is a door coupe.

Prior to the Nissan and Prince Motor Company merger, the Prince engineers were already working on a small front wheel drive car aimed to appeal to a young audience. After the merger the car got known as the Nissan Cherry E10. As Prince never developed a small capacity engine by themselves, the Nissan Sunny derived A10 and A12 engines were the ideal candiate to be mounted longitudinal in the small engine bay. The Cherry was the first front wheel drive car by Nissan and got the designation FF Cherry for this reason. The Cherry was first offered in a two door and four door sedan in October 1970, which was joined by the coupe in September 1971 and finally joined by the three door van in March 1972. In March 1973 the Nissan Cherry X-1R is released where the coupe received a set of bolt on fender flares. In 1973 also the Cherry receives a facelift, meaning the X-1R featuring the pre-facelift front are extremely rare. Even though the Cherry E10 got replaced in 1974 by the F10, the Cherry E10 was sold until 1977. About 3000 Cherry X-1Rs have been sold and only 53 are registered in Japan today, obviously many of them ended as a back yard ornament or got scavenged for it’s engine and tail lights.

The Nissan Cherry ad campaign

The Nissan Cherry was aimed at youthful buyers with a lower income and the ad campaign focused around youngsters driving around in small traditional Japanese backdrops. This campaign reflected the Japanese society of that era: split between the modern urban areas that attracted young people and the traditional villages where the elderly were left behind.

The Nissan Cherry in popular media

The Nissan Cherry E10 has become a cult car after it got the star role in the popular indie game ‘My Summer Ride’ where you have to get a trashed up two door Cherry E10 working again. The X-1R always has been a desireable icon, which was mainly due to it’s racing pedigree. Kazuyoshi Hoshino raced the Nissan Cherry X-1R in the Minor Touring Class series and dominated it with the lightweight Cherry, this is where he earned his ‘Cherry Hoshino’ moniker. Apart from the professional racer Hoshino, the Cherry X-1 was widely used by entry racers. The tail lights of the facelifted X-1R are an extremely popular item to be swapped into kaido racers. Many of these have ended up used on the inner side of the Nissan Skyline C210 tail lights.

Cherry Condition: A 1973 Nissan Cherry X-1R!! (KPE10) by Wasabi Cars

The original rear: Honda City

This particular model of the Honda City was sold in 1982. The body style is a door hatchback.

The Honda City was designed as a small city car aimed at the youth that wanted a bigger car than kei-dimensions and had money to spare. The Honda City Turbo was initiated by Honda’s Formula One director Sakurai Shoshito, however this was shortly before Honda rentered Formula One as engine supplier for Williams in 1983. The Honda City platform featured innovative products like the foldable Motocompo bike in the bootspace, the Manhattan HiFi boombox car and obviously also the Turbo and Turbo II models featuring a widebody version of the car with an incredible powerful turbo charged engine. The Honda City is widely considered to be the most daring product by Honda ever.

The Honda City ad campaign

The initial ad campain hired the British ska band Madness, featuring the ‘In the City’ song which while performing their ‘Nutty Train’ walk. This song is also better known for it’s catchy Honda-honda-honda chorus and the band later released a 3 minute version of the song on the b-side of ‘Cardiac Arrest’. The ad campain was an instant success and the Honda City broke many sales records. Upon the release of the Turbo model the ‘Driving In My Car’ song was used, where the members of the band were dressed up as samurai while performing, once again, their ‘Nutty Train’ walk.

The Honda City in popular media

The Motocompo became immensely popular thanks to an episode of Mighty Car Mods, where Marty and Moog race each other with a red and a yellow Motocompo bike. This renewed the interest in the Honda City and since the prices soared. Often the first generation Honda Today is mistaken for the Honda City: both featured the same styling but the Today is a genuine Kei car, while the City isn’t.

Spotted: A pair of Pocket Rockets! Suzuki Alto Works / Honda City Turbo II by Wasabi Cars


The Nisda Cherty certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Nissan and Honda to come to this consensus and that’s certainly something to be remembered for. It may not be 100% up to the tastes of typical buyers from Nissan or Honda, but the car being sold under the brand could potentially attract new customers that they normally wouldn’t have had.


Keep in mind that this is an automatically generated artist impression what could be a possible mashup between the Nissan Cherry and the Honda City. This is not meant to offend any person nor mock a specific car or car brand as all cars and car brands in our database are mashed up randomly. The gods of randomization feel that this was the proper hommage to both cars and highlighting their strong and weak points. In the end, just imagine this newly created car was a real thing and existed out of cost saving necessity. This isn’t the first time such a thing happened, hence we now have to live with the Toyoscionbaru BRZFR-SGT86 and soon with the ToyoBMW Z4Supra.

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2 Replies to “Nisda Cherty X- bo mashup”

  1. I’ve just finished a Cherry X-1r tribute. Totally correct as per early X-1r. Small grill. Short bumper.

    1. Oh wow! I would love to see photos of that tribute! I personally think the Cherry Coupe is one of the best looking cars from the 1970s and the X-1R adds that little extra sportiness to it!

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