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Nissan South Africa

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Nissan South Africa Pty Ltd
HeadquartersRosslyn, Gauteng, South Africa

Nissan South Africa Pty Ltd is automobile manufacturer based in Rosslyn, South Africa, and a subsidiary of Nissan.

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In the 1960s, the brothers Thys and Andries Bekker imported the first Datsun 1000 pick-up to South Africa.[1]

In 1965, the assembly of Datsun automobiles began at Motor Assemblies.[1][2][3][4] The Datsun 1200 was the first Japanese passenger car to be imported in South Africa in 1966.[1][5] Other sources cite the year 1959.[6][7]

Rosslyn Motor Assemblers

After the assembly plant Motor Assemblies, in which models of different brands were produced, was taken over by Toyota end of 1964, it came to the founding of the Rosslyn Motor Assemblers Ltd. and to the construction of an assembly plant mainly for Datsun models in Rosslyn.[1] Opened in 1966, the factory was initially a free assembly plant for the South African market, as the Bekker brothers awarded the Nissan concession to the mining company Messina Transvaal, which was interested in a greater diversification of the assembly.[1] Other sources name the year 1965 as the opening year.[6][8]


The company was renamed Datsun Nissan South Africa Ltd. in 1973 and, according to one source, focused on the sole production of Nissan products sold under the Datsun brand.[9][10] Ten years later (1983) the name of the company was changed to Nissan SA.[9][10]

Automakers SA

With the start of production of the Fiat Uno in 1988, a new parent company called Automakers SA Ltd. was founded.[9] This company was located in Sandton.[11] In one source, this company is also referred to as Nissan Automakers SA.[12]

In the year 2000 (or already 1997[13]), Nissan acquired a 37% stake in Automakers SA Ltd. One year later, the name was changed to Nissan South Africa Pty. Ltd..[14][15]

The Rosslyn plant employs around 2,000 people.[16]

Nissan 1400
Nissan 1400


In addition to Datsun models that were produced between 1967-1973, vehicles of the Alfa Romeo brand were also produced.[17][18] Added to this were Rambler vehicles (January 1968 to 1969) and Renault models (from 1968).[1][19] In the next few years, the product range was supplemented by vehicles from the brands Peugeot and Citroën.[1]

From 1971 to 2008, the pick-up model Nissan 1400 was built exclusively in South Africa (initially as Datsun 1200, then as Datsun 120Y or 1400).[20][21] In total, around 275,000 copies of the Nissan 1400 were sold.[20] Other models made only in South Africa were the Datsun 140Z (mid-1970s) and the Datsun 160Z (1978-1980).[22]

From 1990 (or 1988) to 2005, the Fiat Uno was manufactured.[9][23][24] The end of production is also stated in 2004.[10] Other Fiat models produced by Nissan South Africa have been the Fiat Palio (since 1999), the Fiat Siena (since 2000) and the Fiat Strada (since 2005).[10][25][26][27] The assembly agreement with Fiat was due to expire in 2008.[28][29]

Datsun 160Z
Datsun 160Z

The production of Nissan Primera began in the late 1990s.[13]

The pickup models NP200 and NP300 as well as the Nissan Livina and the Sandero of the Alliance partner Renault are currently under construction.[21][14][16][30]

In the years 1976 to 1978 (or 1976 and 1978[9]) Nissan was with its brand Datsun the leading supplier in South Africa.[16] Nissan had in 2014 in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) the second largest market share.[31]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g M. Compton/ T. J. Gallwey: Motor Assemblies Limited. A small South African Assembly Plant that became a major Manufacturer, 2009.
  2. ^ N. J. Swart, The South African motor industry in an international context, 1974.
  3. ^ The Standard Bank Review, 1968
  4. ^ Kitazawa nennt allerdings das Jahr 1966. Siehe Yōko Kitazawa, From Tokyo to Johannesburg: a study of Japan's growing economic links with the Republic of South Africa. o. J.
  5. ^ Gleichzeitig weist die dem Artikel von Compton/Gallwey angehängte Produktionsstatistik die Herstellung von 2182 Exemplaren des Datsun Bluebird 310/410 bereits ab 1962 bis 1965 aus, zudem den Datsun LDV/Pick-up mit 15.897 Einheiten (1961-1964) und Patrol/ Junior/ Caball mit 3671 Fahrzeugen (1963/1964).
  6. ^ a b "South African Automotive Policy Evolution", in: Archived [Date missing] at [Error: unknown archive URL], S. 6271.
  7. ^ Keeping the wheels turning, in: Annual Report of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commercean Industry 2013-2014, S. 5155.
  8. ^ Du Plessis, Johannes Hendrik, Archived [Date missing] at [Error: unknown archive URL], Johannesburg 1978, S. 25.
  9. ^ a b c d e Rechard Noor: Systems approach to decentralising power for organisational effectiveness, Kapstadt 1997.
  10. ^ a b c d Waclaw Pózar/Eligiusz Mazur (Hg.), World of Cars 2005/2006, Archived [Date missing] at [Error: unknown archive URL] (PDF, 21 MB).
  11. ^ Automakers Ltd auf
  12. ^ Owen CasselI Dickson: Multi-Skilling: A pilot investigation of the Potential Impact of the Practical Design and Implementation of Multi-Skilling to optimise Employees and achieve improved Productivity within the Automobile Manufacturing Industry, Durban 2003.
  13. ^ a b Archived [Date missing] at [Error: unknown archive URL], Pressemitteilung der Nissan Motor Company vom 21. September 1998.
  14. ^ a b Nissan South Africa: Taking South African productivity to the world’s markets, Meldung auf the SA mag.
  15. ^ Charles Cornew: African adventures, in: Automotive Manufacturing Solutions vom 4. November 2014.
  16. ^ a b c Archived [Date missing] at [Error: unknown archive URL], Pressemitteilung der Nissan Motor Corporation vom 25. Februar 2013.
  17. ^ L'Alfa Romeo in Sud Africa auf der Website des Club Alfa Sport.
  18. ^ L’Alfa Romeo, la Giulia e quel passato in Africa auf
  19. ^ Hamburger geographische Studien Bd. 22, 1970
  20. ^ a b Henrie Geyser: Nissan's little champ bows out, in: BizCommunity vom 21. Juli 2008.
  21. ^ a b Nissan celebrates as NP200 keeps Rosslyn plant humming, Artikel vom 2. Februar 2015.
  22. ^ 140Z auf
  23. ^ Gavin Foster (2016-12-22). "Honest little car". Retrieved 2017-01-03.
  24. ^ Denis Droppa (2001-01-01). "Golden oldies". Automotive News. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  25. ^ "Fiat's Strada takes the bakkie gap". 2005-12-08. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  26. ^ "Fiat Palio GO! -". 2005-05-14. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  27. ^ John Oxley (2005-07-14). "FIRST DRIVE: Fiat's new bakkie". Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  28. ^ "Fiat, Nissan local agreement to end". 2005-06-09. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  29. ^ "Mitteilung". 2005-06-10. Retrieved 2017-01-04.
  30. ^ Facilities Overseas, Website of Nissan Motor Corporation.
  31. ^ Liezel Hill / Matthew Winkler: Nissan Plans to Double South Africa Output With New Model, Meldung auf vom 11. November 2015.

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