Ten things you didn’t know about Nissan Datsun

Ten things you didn’t know about Nissan Datsun


Did you know that you can once again get your hands on a brand new Datsun?

After being out of production for 27 years, Nissan has brought back the Datsun in the form of the Nissan Datsun GO, competing in the entry level market.

Datsun GO safety features incorporate engineering from some of the company’s other models to insure smooth handling and comfort for a vehicle in this class. The body has been built using the latest in design optimisation, while the electronic power steering (EPS) allows for exceptional manoeuvring capability. Other features include a higher than average ground clearance to allow for safe driving on poor or rough road surfaces.

The reintroduction of the Datsun came as a huge surprise to Datsun GO safety features Nissan Datsun fans, but the manufacturer has been no stranger to springing a surprise or two in its elaborate 100-year history.

Here are ten facts you may not have known about the Nissan Datsun brand:

1. Nissan manufactures the quickest accelerating four-seater vehicle

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The Nissan Gt-R has up to 545 horse power which allows it to reach a speed of 96km in under three seconds from a standing start. This almost matches the acceleration speed of the Bugatti Veyron.

2 Nissan brought the Datsun back into production of a 27-year dormancy 


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Nissan recently announced its intention to produce low-cost vehicles under the Datsun name in emerging markets. The Datsun Go was launched in South Africa in 2014 with the first sale being made to a Mr Nkosinathi Dlamini on the 14th October 2014.

3. Datsun became Nissan in the year 1986 

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The discontinuation of the Datsun in 1986 was implemented to avoid confusion with consumers. The thought process was that it would be far easier to brand the vehicle make under one name.

4 Nissan is aligned with Renault

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Despite the fact that Nissan is Japanese and Renault is French, the two car manufacturers are, in fact, in marriage with one another due to a unique strategic partnership. This allows technological advancements to be shared between both manufacturers.

5. A hidden umbrella compartment

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A nifty feature in the Nissan Pulsar Gti-R was the umbrella compartment hidden in the door’s framework. Drivers would never be caught in the rain with this feature and it is surprising that it isn’t something we see in cars as a standard today.

6. Nissan had an aerospace department

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Nissan developed space rocket engines for the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency from the 1960s until the late 1990s before the division was sold. The Nissan engine was responsible for sending the Lambda 4S-5 spacecraft into orbit.

7. Datsun produced transporters in the Korean War

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Due to the fear of communism spreading in Asia after World War II, Nissan produced and supplied the US military with vehicles to transport soldiers, thereby supporting their war efforts.

8. Nissan produced its first electric car in the late 1940s


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Nissan produced the Tama, later known as the Prince, shortly after World War II had ended. The lack of oil due to the war brought about the need for an alternate transportation. The vehicle however, could only reach speeds of around 32km per hour.

9 Nissan were the innovators of the “sex sells” theory

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As early as the 1930s, Nissan had begun hiring attractive women to work on their showroom floors. The concept was unique at the time and has only grown more popular through the years.

10 Nissan manufactured the “Model T Ford” of Japan

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Thanks to a sizeable cash investment from Nihon Sangyo in 1934, as well as improved engineering ability, Nissan was able to produce Japan’s first affordable mass production automobile – the Type 15.