Nissan Patrols are commonly considered “forbidden fruit” in the US, and often imported privately. But once upon a time, from 1962 to 1969, one could buy actually a Nissan Patrol in the US at…your local Datsun dealer. A preview of coming attractions? Well, not the Patrol, but the Nissan brand. Nissan stopped importing the Patrol after 1969, although I’m not quite sure why. Was it poor sales compared to the more successful Toyota Land Cruiser? Or was it mandated by MITI, the Japanese Ministry of International Trade, which was extremely powerful back then and often called the shots in order to maximize market share for a specific product at the expense of another? I seem to remember reading something about that back in the day.
No worries; that’s all in the past, and since 2013, the Patrol has been available in the US, but once again at a dealer with a different name.
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