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It took a long time for the car to become popular in Japan.  In 1908 there were only twenty in Tokyo and a mere three in Yokohama.  These cars had been imported by wealthy Japanese, although a Japanese car was made, based on US mechanical engineering, from 1902.

Masijiro Hashimoto returned to Japan from the USA in 1911 where he had studied as an engineer and been especially interested in automobiles.  Back in Japan he set up a factory with friends where in 1914 he built his first DAT car.  Production was limited for the car remained a toy for wealthy Japanese.  The factory mainly produced lorries and buses.

A number of cars were produced before World War II as Datsuns.  These were small cars the size of an Austin Seven.  After the war, the cars remained too small for Westerners and it was a long time before the dimensions were amended.

In 1948 the Datsun DB was launched to the Japanese market.  The car was the spitting image of an American Crosley but was barely large enough for four small Japanese.

Models produced by Nissan

200SX

200SX

1989-0

280C

1980-1984

300C

300C

1984-1987

300ZX

300ZX

1984-1990

350Z

350Z

2003-0

Almera 3 Door

2004-2004

Almera 5 Door

Almera 5 Door

2004-2004

Almera Tino

Almera Tino

2004-2004

Bluebird

1980-1984

Bluebird

1984-1986

Bluebird

Bluebird

1986-1990

Cherry

1983-1986

Cherry GTI Europe

Cherry GTI Europe

1983-1984

Datsun DC3

Datsun DC3

1952-1957

Laurel Six

Laurel Six

1977-1981

Lauren MK2

1981-1989

Maxima

1989-1991

Micra

Micra

1983-1992

Micra 3 Door

Micra 3 Door

2004-2004

Micra 5 Door

Micra 5 Door

2004-2004

Newton 100NX

Newton 100NX

1990-0

Patrol

Patrol

1982-1991

Patrol 3 Door

2004-2004

Patrol 5 Door

2004-2004

Prairie

1983-1989

Prairie

1989-1991

Primera 4 Dr Sal

2004-2004

Primera 5 Dr Hat

2004-2004

Primera Estate

2004-2004

QX

QX

1994-0

Serena

Serena

1992-0

Silvia ZX

Silvia ZX

1984-1989

Stanza

Stanza

1983-1986

Sunny

Sunny

1982-1986

Sunny

Sunny

1986-1991

Sunny Gti-R

Sunny Gti-R

1990-1994

Sunny ZX

Sunny ZX

1987-1991

Terrano 3 Door

2004-2004

Terrano 5 Door

Terrano 5 Door

2004-2004

X-Trail

2004-2004