Nisota Cherta X- Lucent
The Nisota Cherta combines the best out of the Nissan Cherry and the Toyota Cresta GX81.
The front section is taken from the Nissan Cherry and the rear section is taken from the Toyota Cresta GX81.
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 Nisota Cherta.
Nissan and Toyota deemeed it a good idea to combine the front of a coupe and the rear of a hardtop sedan.
The Nisota Cherta combines the late 60s and bubble era. In the mid 60s the Japanese government was convinced smaller factories should merge to a big conglomerate and this forced the smaller Prince Motor Company and larger Nissan to merge. Prior to this engineers from Prince had been working on a small front wheel drive car that would enable the company to grow larger. Prince always had been a large vehicle manufacturer and a small subcompact car would broaden their potential customers. After the merger Nissan continued with this concept and offered the Nissan Cherry for sale.
The collapse of the bubble era didn’t affect the sales of the Cresta derivatives.
The Nisota Cherta has 4 doors and the total length of the car is 4360mm.
Due to being a hybrid between a coupe up front and a sedan in the rear, the wheelbase is now extra long, measuring 2859mm in total.
The weight of the car also changed from 690 kilograms (Nissan Cherry) and 1360 kilograms (Toyota Cresta GX81) to 1138 kilograms (2511 pounds).
|Number of doors||4|
|Rear suspension||double wishbone|
Engine and drivetrain
The Cherta features the A12T engine up front. This engine delivers 70 horsepower. Apparently there has been a literal power struggle between Nissan and Toyota over the choice of engines. Nissan clearly won, hence the choice for the A12T engine.
With the weight of the car being 1138 kilograms, this alters the power to weight ratio to 36.01 lb/hp (21.9 kg/kW)
|Bore x Stroke||73 x 70|
|Aspiration||Dual-sidedraft Hitachi carburettors|
|Power||70 hp (52 kW)|
|Torque||98 Nm (72 lb.ft)|
|Gearbox||4 speed manual|
The A12T features dual-sidedraft 38mm Hitachi carburettors. This setup is slightly different from the A12GX engine and can be recognized by the flat tops on the carburettors.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.
X- Lucent trim level
The X- Lucent mixes the best out of the Nissan Cherry X-1R and the Toyota Cresta Super Lucent G.
In the spirit of the Skyline GT-R, the X-1R got a set of bolt on fender flares and unique tail lights. But it didn’t get it’s guts stripped out to prepare it for racing.
The Cresta had an impressive stock audio system with 3 way speakers including tweeters in the front and large speakers on the shelf.
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.
It has four doors, so your buddies don’t have to squeeze past your bucket seat!
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.
Tribute Racer: 1973 NIssan Cherry X1-R by Takeguchi Jidousha by Wasabi Cars
The original rear: Toyota Cresta GX81
This particular model of the Toyota Cresta GX81 was sold in 1989. The body style is a door hardtop sedan.
The Toyota Cresta X80 was a natural evolution of the boxy Cresta X70. Just like the X70, the Cresta X80 was aimed towards the Japanese upper class and featured the hottest luxurious gadgets like cruise control, adjustable suspension and parking sensors. The latter was introduced months before the Lexus LS400 showcased it to the world and brought a shock and awe to the reknowned German luxurious car manufacturers. The Cresta X80 offered a very broad engine choice: from the ancient 7M-GE, through the 1G engine range including the super charged 1G-GZE to the newly introduced 1JZ-GTE. The 1JZ powered Crestas are the most sought after cars.
The Toyota Cresta GX81 ad campaign
The Japanese actor Tsutomu Yamazaki (山崎 努) coined the Cresta for many years. Ever since the introduction of the Cresta with the X50 platform he has featured the Toyota Cresta ads showcasing the immense class and luxury. He won the blue ribbon award for best actor in 1984 and in 1985 he played a John Wayne resembling trucker in the ramen western Tampopo.
The Toyota Cresta GX81 in popular media
Due to it’s luxurious aura, the Cresta lineup is a popular car for creating zokushas. In the Great Teacher Onizuka manga (and anime) the head principal of the school drives a X100 Cresta to show his higher status to his colleagues. His particular Cresta has a bad omen on it as it gets destroyed many times during the various stories and episodes.
The Nisota Cherta certainly is a daring product by combining two cars from two different manufacturers. It really took guts from Nissan and Toyota 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 Toyota, 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 Toyota Cresta. 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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