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About Datsun

Datsun was an automobile marque. There never was an actual "Datsun" company, as the brand name was used in production only by DAT Motors and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.. The name was created in 1931 by 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. Later, in 1933 after Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. took control of DAT Motorcar Co., the last syllable of Datson was changed to "sun", because "son" also means "loss" () in Japanese, hence the name "Datsun" : Dattosan (ダットサン Dattosan).. The Datsun brand was discontinued in March 1986. The Datsun name is most famous for the sports cars referred to as the Fairlady roadsters and later the Fairlady (240Z) coupes.

History

The origins of Datsun

Before the Datsun brand name came into being, an automobile named the DAT car was built in 1914, by the Kwaishinsha Motorcar Works (快進自動車工場 Kaishin Jidōsha Kōjō), in the Azabu-Hiroo District in Tokyo. The new car's name was an acronym of the company's partners' surnames:

  • Kenjiro Den (田 健次郎 Den Kenjirō)
  • Rokuro Aoyama (青山 禄朗 Aoyama Rokurō)
  • Meitaro Takeuchi (竹内 明太郎 Takeuchi Meitarō).

The firm was renamed Kwaishinsha Motorcar Co. in 1918, seven years after their establishment and again, in 1925, to DAT Motorcar Co. DAT Motors constructed trucks in addition to the DAT passenger cars. In fact, their output focused on trucks since there was almost no consumer market for passenger cars at the time. Beginning in 1918, the first DAT trucks were assembled for the military market. The low demand from the military market during the 1920s forced DAT to consider merging with other automotive industries. In 1926 the Tokyo-based DAT Motors merged with the Osaka-based Jitsuyo Jidosha Co., Ltd. (実用自動車製造株式会社 Jitsuyō Jidōsha Seikoku Kabushiki-Gaisha) also known as Jitsuyo Motors (established 1919, as a Kubota subsidiary) to become DAT Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (ダット自動車製造株式会社 Datto Jidōsha Seizō Kabushiki-Gaisha) in Osaka until 1932.

It was in 1931 when DAT came out with a new smaller car, that the first "Datson", meaning "Son of DAT", was finally built. This was the actual beginning on the Datsun brand name. Later, in 1933, after Nissan took control of DAT Motors, the last syllable of Datson was changed to "sun".

Datsun in the American market

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4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 2.4L SOHC M-5
84.3 kW / 113.0 hp / 113.0 hp  175.0 N·m / 129.1 lb·ft / 129.1 lb·ft
   

Datsun Laurel 2.4 (1979)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 2393 cm3 / 146.0 cu in / 146.0 cu in, 84.3 kW / 113.0 hp / 113.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 175.0 N·m / 129.1 lb·ft / 129.1 lb·ft @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 2.4L SOHC A-3
84.3 kW / 113.0 hp / 113.0 hp  175.0 N·m / 129.1 lb·ft / 129.1 lb·ft
   

Datsun Laurel 2.4 Automatic (1979)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 2393 cm3 / 146.0 cu in / 146.0 cu in, 84.3 kW / 113.0 hp / 113.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 175.0 N·m / 129.1 lb·ft / 129.1 lb·ft @ 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm / 3200 rpm, automatic 3-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
4-seat
S4   2.0L      M-4
92.0 kW / 123.4 hp / 123.4 hp  171.0 N·m / 126.1 lb·ft / 126.1 lb·ft
   

Datsun Laurel 200 L Coupe (1973)

2-door 4-seater coupé, 4-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 1988 cm3 / 121.3 cu in / 121.3 cu in, 92.0 kW / 123.4 hp / 123.4 hp @ 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm, 171.0 N·m / 126.1 lb·ft / 126.1 lb·ft @ 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 171 km/h / 106 mph / 106 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S4 8v 2.0L SOHC M-4
92.5 kW / 124.0 hp / 124.0 hp  171.0 N·m / 126.1 lb·ft / 126.1 lb·ft
   

Datsun Laurel 200L Coupé (1973)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1990 cm3 / 121.4 cu in / 121.4 cu in, 92.5 kW / 124.0 hp / 124.0 hp @ 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm, 171.0 N·m / 126.1 lb·ft / 126.1 lb·ft @ 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm / 4400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 171 km/h / 106 mph / 106 mph top speed

4-door
5-seat
S6 12v 2.0L SOHC M-4
74.6 kW / 100.0 hp / 100.0 hp  143.0 N·m / 105.5 lb·ft / 105.5 lb·ft
   

Datsun Laurel Six (1977)

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1998 cm3 / 121.9 cu in / 121.9 cu in, 74.6 kW / 100.0 hp / 100.0 hp @ 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm / 5600 rpm, 143.0 N·m / 105.5 lb·ft / 105.5 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

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Beyond basic auto insurance

In addition to having enough liability protection, there are some other coverages you should consider:

Collision: Pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, an object or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your collision coverage will reimburse you for the costs of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you are not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid out from the other driver’s insurance company though a process called subrogation. If the company is successful, you will be reimbursed for the deductible.

Comprehensive: Reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals such as birds or deer. Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered; some companies may waive the deductible on the glass portion of this coverage.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Reimburses you, a member of your family, or a designated driver if one of you is hit by an uninsured or hit-and-run driver. Underinsured motorist coverage comes into play when an at-fault driver has insufficient insurance to pay for your total loss. These coverages are required in 19 states, but available in all. It is important to purchase the same amount of coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists as you have for liability to others.

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