One hangup we sometimes have about working in the auto industry is that because something new is always on the horizon, we’re more apt to than we are to remember the past. With a company on the up-and-up like Nissan, this makes sense, of course. However, Nissan also has a pretty interesting past, chock-full of triia-worthy odds and ends. So, from your friends here at Robbins Nissan, here are four facts about Nissan history that you might not have known.
Four Facts about Nissan History
The Brand is Actually Oer 100 Years Old
We’e only known the name “Nissan” in America for the past few decades, although it began use in Japan in 1933. However, the brand predates this commonly held birthdate. It started in 1914 as DAT, which took the first letters of the last names of its three creators: Den, Aoyama and Takeuchi. When DAT created a smaller car in 1931, they gae it the name Datsun, which literally meant “Son of DAT.”
When we go to car shows, we always see beautiful female models showing off the new vehicles. This practice was started by Nissan in 1936, when it hired four women as brand ambassadors and spokesmodels. Nissan still employs the spokesmodel team, known now as the “Miss Fair Lady” team. It even crosses oer into its model lineup, as the Nissan Z is still called the “Fairlady” in Japan.
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The Original Pulsar GTi-R Had a Hidden Umbrella in it
The only other car we can think of that came with its own umbrella is the Rolls Royce Phantom, and the Nissan Pulsar GTi-R is quite different from the Phantom, to say the least. The Pulsar GTi-R was a 227-hp, all-wheel-drive hatchback that was intended for rally driing. Then, when you opened the driver’s side door, there was a folded-up umbrella built in to the frame.
Nissan Once Built Rocket Engines Too
It’s generally not a surprise that auto companies use their expertise in areas outside of the automotie sphere, but Nissan even went further than the typical robotics/planes/lawnmower areas. Starting in 1970, Nissan built the rocket engines for Japan’s space exploration missions, doing so all the way up until 2000. One of their rockets, built for the Lambda 4S-5, even outlived the program, burning up in the atmosphere in 2003. There’s so much more to Nissan than what you first notice, and that’s what we at Robbins Nissan are here to remind you of.