Nissan can trace its roots back to the first Japanese automaker, Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works. The company’s original three investors named its first car DAT, an acronym of their surnames, which the public first met in 1914. By 1931 the company’s name had changed to DAT Jidosha & Co. By now the the DAT Type 11 rolled out its factory. (Pictured above). As a smaller version of the original dot, it received the name Son of DAT, and later Datsun.
That year DAT became affiliated with Tobata Casting, a part of the Nihon Sangyo holding company, AKA Nissan. On this day in 1933 Nissan leadership founded Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha (Automobile Manufacturing Co.) to take over all automobile production for Tobata. A decision in June of the next year resulted in a name change from Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha to Nissan.
Datsun Type 11