Nissan Motor Company Ltd usually shortened to Nissan is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Japan.
The Short history of Nissan Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha ("Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd." in English) was established on December 26, 1933, taking over all the operations for manufacturing Datsuns from the automobile division of Tobata Casting Co., Ltd., and its company name was changed to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. on June 1, 1934. |
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UD Trucks Corporation is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacture and sales of light, medium and heavy duty diesel trucks, buses, bus chassis and special-purpose vehicles. The company is owned 100% by the Volvo Group since 2007. Formerly known as Nissan Diesel, the company changed its name to UD Trucks on February 1, 2010. Already before the name change, the UD name was prominently displayed to separate the identity from that of their former owner Nissan Motors.
1951 Nissan Patrol 4W60 Model With the development work already done on the 4W60, Nissan decided to put it into production anyway. Toyota did the same with their BJ series Land Cruiser. This turned out to be a wise and lucrative move by both of them, as the Land Cruiser and the Patrol would go on to become the biggest selling four wheel drives on the planet.
Nissan Q4W73 Cosi all’M37, sempre della Dodge, erede legittimo, diversi importanti costruttori in tutto il mondo affiancarono veicoli analoghi, a partire dalla olandese DAF con il suo YA126, passando per la Svizzera con il MOWAG 4x4 per terminare con i Nissan Q4W73 ed i Toyota FQ15, nell’estremo oriente.
1951 Nissan Carrier 4W70 Model
After the end of the Second World War the occupying forces, along with the Japanese government, faced the huge task of rebuilding the war ravaged country, as well as restarting the economy. The country needed trucks to help rebuild, and rather than simply import trucks for the task the decision was made to increase production in Japan's motor industry, which would supply the vehicles needed as well as provide jobs and stimulate the economy. Nissan were already building trucks of their own design, but there was a need to have trucks that could traverse rougher terrain, and Nissan's answer to that need was the Nissan Carrier, though the design was not all Nissan's handiwork. In the United States in 1950 the Dodge M37 four wheel drive truck went into production, which was to replace the Dodge WC series that was used during the war. The M37 was a troup carrier that was also to be used as a flat bed all-terrain truck. As part of the aid package to rebuild Japan, Nissan were given the rights to build a vehicle based on the Dodge M37. Nissan's version of the M37 was to be called the 4W70, and would be sold as the Nissan Carrier, though the Carrier name never appeared anywhere on the vehicle. Whilst the Carrier was definately based on the Dodge, it wasn't a complete copy. It utilised a chassis that was basically the same, but instead of using the Dodge mechanicals it instead used the running gear from the newly released 4W60 Nissan Patrol four wheel drive. The engine used was the 3670cc 6 cylinder NAK series Nissan engine, which developed 75hp, 3hp less than the Dodge T245 engine used in the M37. It also used the 4WD system from the Patrol.
1955 Nissan Patrol 4W61 Model The second version of the Patrol, the 4W61, went into production in August 1955.
1959 Nissan Patrol 4W65 Model
The new 4W65 Patrol was another evolution of the original 1951 4W60 Patrol, but this one had some significant changes. In an attempt to make the vehicle look more contempory, and less agricultural, several changes were made to the styling at the front. The most noticable of these was to the front guards, which are now much more rounded, rather than the flat planks on the previous models. The front featured the obligatory new grille design, which was similar to the 4W61 grille, but now all the horizontal bars are chrome plated, on the 4W61 only two bars were plated. The 4W65 has a new bonnet design, which is flat at the front, but has a bulge that starts a couple of inches from the front of the bonnet and extends backwards. The bonnet also has a painted strip that runs down the centre. The badge on the front says Nissan, and on the sides to the bonnet there is now a Patrol badge. Also introduced at this time was the WG4W65, which was a long wheelbase 8 seater hardtop wagon version.
1960 Nissan Patrol 60 Series The 60 series Nissan Patrol went into production in October 1960. In June 1980, just short of two decades later, the last 60 series rolled off the production line. But even that wasn't the end of the 60 series, a mildly modified version called the 61 series was sold alongside the new 160 Patrol until well into 1984. In all that time the vehicle remained virtually identical to the original 1960 model, with only one engine upgrade and a couple of changes to the interior trim during the course of it's life. The 60 series Patrol was a completely new design, and the first time the Patrol had it's own distinctive look. Previous Patrols had all been directly inspired by American Jeeps. The 60 series featured front guards that were incorporated into the body, rather than appearing like something that had been added later. The new broad and narrow front end design gives the 60 a very bold and purposeful look.
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