The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

8 August 2004

A cute little booger

Nissan has been schlepping this teensy car around the show circuit, and it's in production for the Japanese domestic market. The Moco hews closely to the Japanese minicar spec — 3.4 meters in length, 660-cc engine — and will be available with optional all-wheel drive. Oh, and Nissan's not actually making it at all; it's a rebadged Suzuki MRwagon. Despite its confused parentage, it's selling well in Japan.

There's probably no market for the Moco in the US, mostly because Americans don't have much interest in cars a foot shorter than a Mini Cooper fercryingoutloud, but at least partially, I suspect, because the growing Latino submarket isn't likely to be delighted by a car whose name means "snot" in Spanish.

Posted at 6:50 PM to Driver's Seat

More precisely, mucous. Most commonly cervical mucous. Does that make it better?

No, I think it's worse.

Posted by: Dan at 8:57 PM on 8 August 2004

Hate it when they make you register. So I don't.


Posted by: Rich at 9:19 PM on 8 August 2004

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Posted by: Dan at 9:47 PM on 8 August 2004

If you don't like registering, get a fake uname and pass from

It's fantastic.

Posted by: Dan at 9:55 PM on 8 August 2004

Oh god. This thing will soon appear in the trendy districts of Orlando, you can bet on it. I've already seen some Scions whizzing around, and I've seen more Minis and Elements than I can count.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 8:29 AM on 10 August 2004