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Nissan celebrates heritage by tracing its brand’s roots

In South Africa, the company provides 24 models of Nissan and Datsun brand vehicles, including the most popular Nissan light commercial vehicles in the area-half-ton NP200 pickup trucks and 300-ton NP300 hardware. Nissan Navarra followed closely behind. After 40 years in the market, Nissan is one of the five largest automobile companies in South Africa. Nissan’s history can be traced back to 1911, when the Kwaishinsha Motor Company, which produced Japan’s first Datsun car, was established.

The company was acquired in the early 1930’s and is a registered Nissan Motor Company. For South Africa, the story begins later in the 1960s.


Nissan South Africa officially opened in 1966 in Rosslyn, north of Pretoria under the name Nissan Motor Company Limited. Since then, Nissan South Africa has been the center of operations for its South regional business unit, serving Nissan’s main market in South Africa and 45 other sub-Saharan countries including Angola, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, as well as a major market in South Africa. from Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland.


The Nissan 1400 made its debut and until 2008 the Nissan 1400 pickup was made exclusively in South Africa (first as the Datsun 1200, then as the Datsun 120Y or 1400).


The company changed its name to Datsun Nissan South Africa and the organisation focused on the sole production of Nissan products sold under the Datsun brand.


Ten years later, the organization dropped the Datsun flag to become Nissan SA.


Nissan is the first South African automotive company to be recognized by ISO 9001 internationally and its subsequent 14001 quality certification.


Nissan Motor Company increased its investment in South Africa by purchasing 37% of the Sanlam group. The investment gave Nissan Motor Company control over it then increased to 98.7%. In 2001 the South African company name was changed by the automaker to Nissan South Africa.


Production of the NP200 begins at Rosslyn. It ushered in a new era and quickly won the right to become a key player in the semitone segment. The NP200 is still the most complete range of commercial vehicles on the market and stands for reliability and durability.


Nissan’s legendary NP300 hardbody is celebrating 25 years in South Africa and is still actively involved in the community. Since 1988, Nissan has made significant contributions to job creation, strengthened the South African economy and is a testament to the strength and pride of Nissan’s South African heritage.

Nissan made history by introducing Africa’s first electric vehicle, the leading Nissan Nissan LEAF. Nissan is not only emission free, but also a leader in the crossover segment. The product range includes the new Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail as well as the Juke.


Nissan re-enters the taxi industry in South Africa with the introduction of the All-New Nissan NV350 Impendulo. Impundulu is the content-Zulu word for “answer.” With this, Nissan wants to return the love and affection of taxi drivers and travelers.


The Automotive Industry Development Center (AIDC) in collaboration with Nissan South Africa has successfully met the training criteria to become an international hub institution approved by the auto industry.

To further strengthen community initiatives, Nissan is promoting social development, which is often referred to as the government’s goal, by successfully establishing two automotive training centers that can provide international IMI skills to their students. IMI’s quality assessment process enables AIDC students to learn and acquire new skills in the automotive industry.

Nissan won the CCBC Production Award for its contribution to economic growth and job creation.


Nissan announced an R3 billion investment in the Rosslyn plant to manufacture the Nissan Navara pickup. The guest of honor is African President Cyril Ramaphosa.


Next year, Nissan will welcome the first local production Nissan Navara to be exported to the sub-Saharan region. This is an important moment for the African auto industry and will further strengthen Nissan’s status as a brand created for and by South Africa.

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