Times have been tough recently for Japanese automakers like Nissan. So, it is with great pleasure that w take this time to bring you some good news regarding Nissan's production line. At the end of May, Nissan's plant in Smyrna, TN manufactured their one-millionth Nissan Frontier pickup truck.
This is a huge accomplishment for the Japanese automaker, and at Acme Nissan, we could not be more thrilled to bring you the news. And, now we would like to take a few minutes to reflect upon the many changes that Nissan's truck went through in order to become what it is today.
The evolution of the Nissan Frontier actually begins in 1933 when Nissan assumed control of DAT Motor Car Co. in 1933. Following this even, the newly founded Nissan branded a new, smaller car model with the Datsun automobile name.
Nissan's Datsun 1000 was equipped with a 4-Cylinder engine. It was imported to the U.S. in 1959, but sales did not really take off until Nissan's truck, the Datsun 520 pickup truck, was imported almost six years later. It wasn't long before the small pickup was the best selling imported truck in all of North America. This trend lasted well into the 1970's as well.
It was in 1977 that Nissan continued to innovate the Datsun lineup to include its first-ever half-ton compact pickup truck. The innovation continued as Nissan added their first extended-cab truck, later in the same year. It was only two years after though that Nissan rolled its last Datsun-branded trucks off of its assembly lines.
This decision was made to better control costs. They moved production to the United States, where they prodcued the first Nissan-branded pickup in 1983. And, it was in 1997 that the Japanese automaker, finally, created their first Nissan Frontier. Yes, it was only 14 years ago that Nissan's lineup of trucks evolved into the Frontier that we know and love today. It also means that in only 14 years, Nissan has manufactured one-million trucks, adding to the prestige of this accomplishment.
Interested in more Nissan news? Make sure to stay tuned for more! And if you'd like to check out a new Nissan of your own, like the Titan or Murano, remember to come on down to Acme Nissan - 2050 US Highway 130 Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852.