CHECK OUT THESE TOP 6 FANTASTIC FACTS ABOUT NISSAN
Nissan is one of Japan’s largest automakers, and with good reason. Ever since its inception, the company has worked hard to rise to the top of the heap with its cost-effective production model and innovative technologies. Read on to learn six cool facts about Nissan.
1. THE COMPANY IS A CENTURY OLD
Nissan has been around since 1914. It was created as a result of merging several automakers gradually over time. In the beginning, three employees of the Kwaishinsha Company designed a passenger vehicle and named it the “DAT,” which is an acronym of three of the members’ last initials. Later, they came out with a compact car named the Datson. The name was later changed to Datsun, and the company that would become Nissan was born.
2. THEY HELPED IN WORLD WAR II
During World War II, the automakers at Nissan had to shift their focus to production of various military applications. They manufactured military trucks and engines for military boats and airplanes. To this day, the company still has individual engine building and shipbuilding divisions in operation.
3. THEY WERE INVOLVED IN SPACE EXPLORATION
Nissan was responsible for Japan’s first satellite launch in 1970. The company built engines for the Lambda 4S-5 spacecraft, which launched the OHSUMI satellite into orbit. In fact, Nissan continued to work with the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency until 2000. The OHSUMI satellite outlasted the company’s aerospace division, disintegrating in 2003.
4. THEY MAKE RECORD-BREAKING CARS
Nissan cars are known for their reliability, comfort, and quality, but you might not realize that they also hold a record for the fastest street-legal production vehicle. At the racing track at Nürburgring, the Nissan GT-R NISMO achieved a lap time of 7:08.68, beating the Mercedes GTR, the Dodge Viper, and the Porche. It currently ranks number seven of the top 10 fastest lap times on the famous German racetrack. The Patrol, the Nissan’s four-wheel-drive set a Guinness World Record in 2013 for “heaviest aircraft pulled by a production car” by towing 170.9-ton cargo plane 164 feet.
5. THEY’RE LEADERS IN THE ELECTRIC CAR WORLD
Nissan came out with an early version of the all-electric passenger car in 1947. The first iteration was a vehicle name the Tama, a two-seater truck with a 4.5 horsepower engine. Next, they developed a passenger car that could travel up to 40 miles on a single charge. Successive versions included the Tama Junior, a compact car, and the Tama Senior, a medium-size sedan. Today, the Nissan Leaf is setting records for its fuel economy, and range.
6. THEY MAKE STAR WARS-INSPIRED VEHICLES
In collaboration with Lucasfilm, Nissan released seven different Star Wars themed vehicles in late 2017. The cars aren’t for sale, but they highlight how vehicles can be customized to fit an owner’s unique tastes and interests. The vehicles featured include the Altima as a TIE fighter and the Rogue as the Millennium Falcon.
For over a century, Nissan has provided car buyers with cost-effective, dependable vehicle options. The company continues to lead the pack with clever innovations and cutting-edge technologies.