4 Nissans That Altered the Course of Auto History

Nissan Maxima

Nissan Maxima

Nissan has always been a brand that pushed the envelope to bring motorists trendsetting vehicles that challenge the status quo. That’s just how we roll. Ever since our global company’s first assembly plant opened its doors in Japan in 1935, our design teams have always consisted of the best and brightest minds, which is why Nissan is synonymous with innovation the world over.

Over the years, there have been many models that drew attention and garnered a substantial following, but there are those few that stand as a paragon among their peers. Drawing up a list like this is like trying to pick your favourite child, but we believe that the four Nissan models on this list represent high points in our exciting design history. Here goes!

Datsun 510 (1968 – 1974)

Attractive, affordable and fun, with some serious performance goods under the hood – the iconic Datsun 510 had all the markings of a European car without the crazy price tag. Think independent suspension, and a feisty 4-cylinder engine that would gain it the reputation of being the cash-strapped auto enthusiast’s answer to the BMW.

Datsun 240Z/260Z/280Z (1970 – 1979)

The Nissan 240Z epitomises school sleekness at its best. Here is a car with some seriously good-looking dimensions that defines retro coolness to this very day. It also helped that it’s epic looks were backed up by a 2.4-liter inline 6-cylinder engine.

Nissan Maxima (1989 – 1994)

Want to talk stylish? Let’s talk the Maxima of the 90s. This was a four-door sports car that hit all the high notes with restrained styling, quality finishes, a luxe interior and sporty performance bar none. Best of all, you could choose whether the 3.0-liter V6 engine was partnered with a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.

Nissan Sentra SE-R (1991 – 1994)

Imagine your mom. Now imagine seeing your mom picking up a pair of nunchucks to obliterate a huge opponent. That’s the Nissan Sentra SE-R. This little car had the looks of a basic commuter vehicle, until it was beefed up with a 4-cylinder engine, limited-slip differential, rear disk brakes and a few other bells and whistles. All of a sudden, it was raring to go (and at a great price point at that).

Naturally, these are just four of the many Nissan vehicles that have made a lasting impression on the world-wide driving populace. There are many more that deserve top honours. For more news on developments in the Nissan camp, keep an eye on the blog in coming weeks and months. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with your closest Nissan dealership to get behind the wheel of your favourite model in person.


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