5 facts about Nissan you never knew

05/04/2019

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If you think you have known Nissan cars well enough, think twice! There are many facts about Nissan you would wish to know earlier if reading them below. Read on!

Nissan is no doubt one of the most recognizable names in the automobile industry. It has been around for about 100 years with an interesting history of development. Following are 5 facts about Nissan that you wish to know earlier!

1. Nissan used to build rockets

Japan launched its first orbital satellite in 1970 due to Nissan’s aerospace division. The organization designed and built engines for the Lamda 4s-5 spacecraft. Nissan also worked consistently with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency for years, but it was later sold off in the year 2000. Nissan now exclusively focuses on car production after it stopped getting involved in aerospace.

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Nissan made rockets for Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency

2. Nissan has the world’s fastest accelerating four-seater

The Nissan GT-R produces up to 545 hp and can accelerate to 60 mph in under 3 seconds. It is definitely the fastest four-seater in the world presently and a Bugatti Veyron is a bit quicker to the same speed. To think that you would get the Nissan cheaper than you get the Bugatti even though their speed is all in the same bracket.

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Nissan has the fastest four seated car

>>> If you have a thing for acceleration speed, definitely check out: 0-60 mph in 1.85 seconds: The world's fastest accelerating cars 2019

3. Nissan made race cars with hidden umbrellas

These days we have cars that drive themselves, you can even play music on your car stereo with no wires and all the navigation on your cars. There is so much technology in cars these days that you wouldn’t have imagined it. But back in the late 1970s, Nissan decided to spice things up with its Pulsar GTi-R racing car. An umbrella was inserted in the driver side door frame and had its own compartment. Now it looks like something normal but back then it was amazing and came in handy. We might probably still need it here in Nigeria today.

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Nissan cars had umbrellas come with it.

4. Nissan's first car DAT is 100 years old

Nissan as a company is over 100 years old, and it has its headquarters in Yokohama. The company linked its name back to the Nissan Zaibatsu, now known as Nissan Group. The company has its roots back in 1914 when Kaishinsha Motorcar Works produced its first car named DAT. DAT was the acronym gotten from the first letters of the three company founders’ last names. Kaishinsha released a new car with a 495 cc engine in 1932 to comply with the new Japanese laws which only allowed vehicles with 500 cc engines or lower on the road. The new car was named Datson (which means “Son of DAT”) but was later changed to Datsun because “son” sounds similar to “disadvantage” in Japanese.

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Nissan has been manufacturing cars over 100 years ago

Nissan has been a part of a three-fold partnership with Renault and Mitsubishi since 1999. But as at 2013, Renault holds a 43.4% voting stake in Nissan while Nissan holds a 15% non-voting stake in Renault. Nissan ranks sixth on the largest automakers in the world behind Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group and Ford. Added to that, Nissan is the leading Japanese brand in China, Russia and Mexico.

Nissan has been expanding ever since. Now it is the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer with over 320,000 all-electric vehicles global sales as at April, 2018. You might be considering getting one very soon with the way the weather is these days.

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5. Nissan made military vehicles during the World War-II

Nissan was into manufacturing and producing military trucks and high-performance engines for military class aeroplanes during the Second World War. Nissan also built fighter planes, transport vehicles among others.

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Nissan used to make war tanks and fighter planes

Nissan is now basically a household name in Nigeria today, and it is being mentioned among the popular cars being purchased by Nigerians. Below are some of the popular Nissan cars in Nigeria;

  • Nissan Pathfinder

  • Nissan Sunny

  • Nissan Navara pickup
  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Xterra, Nissan Altima
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Nissan Patrol

So, next time you see a Nissan around know that it is the oldest manufacturer of automobiles out there today. Put some respect on it's name.

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Chuchu Ikazaboh
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