Datsun began manufacturing cars under the name of DAT in 1912. After years of manufacturing trucks, the company returned to automobile manufacture in 1931. The company was renamed first to Datson and a year later, in 1932, as Datsun.
In 1934 the name of the company was changed again, this time to Nissan, although they continued to market cars under the name of Datsun. In 1960 the name Nissan reappeared on cars, although not in every market.