Nissan owns the Datsun vehicle brand. Datsun’s first model was released in 1931. Only Nissan automobiles exported from 1958 to 1986 were labelled as Datsun.
Nissan had phased out the Datsun name by 1986, but it was reintroduced in June 2013 as a brand for low-cost vehicles made for emerging markets. In 2019 and 2020, Nissan proposed phasing out the Datsun brand for the second time.
Nissan stated on March 20, 2012, that the Datsun nameplate would be revived as a low-cost automobile brand for Indonesia, Nepal, South Africa, India, and Russia, and the name was legally restored on July 15, 2013, nearly three decades after it was phased out. Nissan claims that its reputation for value and dependability will help it grow in new economies.