Datsun Motor Company

Datsun Motor Company

About Datsun Motor Company

Datsun is an automobile marque owned by the Nissan Motor Company. The Datsun name was known as the export name for Nissan vehicles from 1958 until 1986. The name was created in 1931 by a predecessor of Nissan, the DAT Motorcar Co. for a new car model, spelling it as Datson to indicate its smaller size when compared to the existing, larger DAT car. In 1934, after Nissan Motor Company took control of DAT Motorcar Co., the last syllable of Datson was changed to sun, because son also means loss in Japanese, and also to honour the sun depicted in the national flag, hence the name Datsun. Nissan phased out the Datsun brand in March 1986. The Datsun name is most famous for the 510, Fairlady roadsters and later the Fairlady coupes. On 20 March 2012, it was announced that Nissan would revive the brand for use in Indonesia, South Africa, India and Russia.