1 millionth Nissan Frontier pickup truck rolled off the assembly line

Article by Christian A., on June 7, 2011

Nissan is celebrating the 1,000,000th Nissan Frontier pickup truck that was built last week at its manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tenn., according to a report from Automotive News. Niche automakers such as Bantam and Crosley were among the first to sell small trucks in the U.S. but Nissan was the first mainstream seller.

Nissan’s Datsun 1000 was exported to the U.S. in 1959. It had a load capacity of a quarter of a ton and it was powered by a 1000-cc, 37-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

Nissan released a 1200-cc version that had a 60 hp rating next. Nissan sold only a few hundred of these pickups annually until the arrival of the Datsun 520 pickup in 1965 when it saw annual sales go up to over 15,000.

The Datsun 520 pickup was the best-selling imported pickup in the U.S. from its first year of release until more than a decade after. The Datsun truck became the first half-ton compact pickup in 1969. The first long beds first featured in Datsun trucks in 1975.

Two years after, the King Cab, the first extended-cab compact truck, was offered. The last model to have the Datsun name, an all-new pickup, came out in 1979.

Nissan made the decision to become the first importer to build pickups in the U.S. because it had been so successful for a very long time and also, it wanted to avoid the 25% import tariff on most foreign-built pickups referred to as the “chicken tax.”

In 1983, the first Nissan pickup was built at the Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp. USA plant in Smyrna. This plant built the fifth- and sixth-generation pickups until the seventh generation Nissan Frontier began to be built in this assembly line in 1997 as a 1998 model.

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Polestar is notably known to be Volvo's internal performance specialists, and around last year Polestar revealed to the public that it will utilize electrification to further advance the power of...
by - June 26, 2017
Earlier this month, Porsche introduced to us the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. The car wore a Golden Yellow Metallic paint. The same time it was launched, the company said...
by - June 26, 2017
Last month, the Lamborghini Centenario made its way to the Transformers: The Last Knight premiere where it got the attention of many. Following that event, three Lamborghini Centenario coupes landed...
by - June 26, 2017
The Holy Trinity of hypercars may not be accessible anymore after being discontinued, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see any more hypercars in the future. What we know is...
by - June 26, 2017
Kia is taking things a step further with the new Kia Stinger, which they first introduced at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With the specs given to us by the...
by - June 25, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries