December 26, 1933 – The beginning of Nissan

Nissan can trace its roots back to the first Japanese automaker, Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works, of which the three investor’s named the first car DAT, an acronym of their surnames. After introducing their first car in 1914, the company was later renamed to DAT Jidosha & Co. in 1931 a smaller car was introduced, the DAT Type 11, which was known as the Son of DAT, and later Datsun. In 1931 the maker of Datsun became affiliated with Tobata Casting, which was part of the Nihon Sangyo holding company, or Nissan for short. On this day in 1933 Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha (Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in English) was founded by the holding company to take over all automobile production for Tobata. In June of the following year the business’ name was changed to Nissan Motor Co.
Datsun Type 11

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