I emailed Nissan USA asking 3 questions.
1 Did Nissan ever sell a hardbody diesel in the USA?
2 When did Nissan stop selling diesels in the USA?
3 Will Nissan ever bring back the diesel?
ANSWERS as follows:
1 Nissan never sold diesels to consumers in the USA (I owned an 82
kingcab diesel) (not only pickups but they also sold Sentra diesels here
at the same time AND Maximas).
"Nissan never sold Hardbodies in the USA"
3 Nissan has no plans to sell diesels in the USA
must have been a newbi that answerd (I'd put his ass out on the
street). I believe the last deisel was 83 but the trucks didnt change
much for several years and one could easily swap a desile in. As far
as I know the diesels never wher afford in the hard-body (D21) but
common in the 720. nissan did build D21 heavy duty trucks with diesels
but I think they were only sold as fleet for industrial use. I wouldnt
think nissan is likely to ever offer diesels in any passenger vehicles
but they have been building industrial vehicles with diesels for many
years but under a different name (cant recall at the moment). Seeing
nissans impressive entry into the fullsize truck line I would hope
that nissan will consider offering it with a diesel in the future.Come
to think of it, "Nissan USA" (Nissan North America) never did sell a
diesel of any sort it was a new corporation formed in the mid 80's to
be financialy independent from it's assian sister. Still whoever
answered the e-mail should have explained that.
On Thu, 4 Dec 2003 19:51:48 -0500 (EST), email@example.com wrote:
That person is correct...
NISSAN never Sold a Diesel in the U.S.
And as you are asking people whom read the English language literally, they
were correct in their response and
you were incorrect in your Q.
As NISSAN did not come of age in badging until later in the years.
Now, Datsun, on the Other HAND... :-)
Next time, ask a historian, not Nissan. Their focus is on now and ahead,
not too much on past. Also, rumor is that there will be a Titan based
diesel out soon. I think new Car and Driver or Autoweek has a blurb on that.
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