In the American market, Japanese car manufacturers initially established themselves by offering compact economy cars, affordable sports coupes, utility vehicles, and small trucks. However, today they also offer full-size trucks such as the Tundra and Titan. This was not always the case, particularly in the early 1970s when the idea of a Japanese pickup truck was unusual. But the Datsun 620 changed all that.
Datsun launched the 620 in 1972, and it remained in production until 1979. The 620 was a modern and robust compact truck, powered by a small but durable 1.6, 1.8, or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. While its performance wasn’t outstanding, it didn’t need to be because the 620 was designed as a workhorse, with exceptional toughness and versatility. The Datsun 620 was popular not only for its modern design but also for its affordability and low running costs.