A brief history of Nissan 0

A-brief-history-of-NissanThese days, Nissans are as much a part of our roads as any brand – perhaps more so due to the high quality to affordability ratio – a truly desirable and attainable for many a budget. But how much do we actually know about the origins of the Japanese car maker? Here’s a brief history…

The early part of the Nissan story was intertwined with the Datsun name (which actually made a return in 2013). Japanese car maker DAT was a three way collaboration between Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi in 1914 – see what they did there?

Initially, production was slow and measured. Cars rolled off the production line in small numbers. In 1931, one of the smaller cars was given the name Datson; when the Nissan conglomerate bought the fledgling company in 1933, the name was altered to Datsun, honouring the red sun on the Japanese flag.

Many of Nissan’s early editions were based on Austins, notably including the Seven. It was during the 1950s and 1960s that it started building its own designs. The 1970s saw the car maker come into its own, with a golden period that saw models such as the Fairlady and 240Z.

1986 saw Datsun dropped from all export markets. It was withdrawn from the UK earlier in 1984 following a couple Nissan-Datsun years. Nissan became the sole brand embossed on the subsequent export vehicles.

1986 also saw Nissan become a UK manufacturer with the opening of a car assembly plant in Washington. The 1990 Primera was the first completely UK manufactured Nissan to enter showrooms.

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