To understand why Nissan’s pickup trucks are considered as some of the finest in the industry, it’s important to trace back the history of the automaker’s all-wheel people haulers. That’s what Chapter 1 of the “Nissan Titan Truckumentary” wanted to highlight. For the most part, it did just that. While the focus of the multi-chapter documentary is centred on the Titan, the documentary started of talking about the lineage of Nissan’s trucks, specifically in the U.S.
Nissan Titan product planner Brent Hagan hosted the first episode, introducing us to Nissan’s humble beginnings in Smyrna, Tennessee where the first vehicles produced in the U.S. by Nissan came from. The opening of the Smyrna factory not only helped boost the economy of the rural town, but it also marked the beginning of a relationship between the American town and the Japanese automaker. It’s a relationship that has lasted to this day and is largely responsible for Nissan setting up its North America headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee.
This is all related to the Titan because if Nissan hadn’t seen the value of setting up shop in rural Tennessee, then we probably wouldn’t have the Titan, or many other Nissan models in the U.S., for that matter.
Once the company’s history in the U.S. was established, Hagan proceeded to take us on a tour of the Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, Tennessee where some of Nissan’s most iconic trucks are displayed. This isn’t just a stroll down memory lane of some of the finest Nissan trucks in history; it’s also a reminder on how far Nissan has come from building the Job 1 Truck in 1983 all the way to the present-day Titan pickup.
In between these two models, Nissan established a reputation that continues to this day. It’s one thing for the automaker to be considered as the company that brought us the Nissan GT-R; it’s another thing to be known for building some of the best trucks in the world.