Nissan Frontier Reaches One-Millionth Built Milestone
One-millionth Nissan Frontier truck produced.
Compact trucks seem to have less of a presence on the roads today (at least here in the States), but a few automakers like Nissan continue to soldier on in the dwindling market.
And according to a report by www.pickuptrucks.com, there's big news from Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, where the one-millionth Nissan Frontier truck was produced sometime last week. The Frontier-currently in its third generation-first rolled off the production line back in 1997. And while the milestone is an admirable achievement for Nissan, the automaker actually has a much longer and storied history of manufacturing and selling trucks in the United States.
Nissan first started exporting trucks to our shores in 1959 with the introduction of the Datsun 1000. A few years passed before American consumers warmed up to Datsun trucks, but the automaker finally found success with the Datsun 520, which was a top seller during much of the 1960s and early 1970s. The compact truck also introduced many firsts to the segment, including the first half-ton compact pickup, the first compact with a long bed and the first extended-cab compact truck.
In 1983, Nissan continued its success in the segment (and avoided costly import tariffs) by becoming the first import brand to build pickup trucks in the United States. All together, the automaker has produced over 2 million compact trucks in the States.