Nissan Safari – The Full Wiki

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Nissan Safari

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The Nissan Safari is a four-wheel drive vehicle manufactured by Nissan in Japan since 1980. Outside of Japan, it is known as the Nissan Patrol —a name carried over from the Safari’s predecessor. The car is available in Australasia. Central and South America. South Africa. parts of Southeast Asia and Western Europe as well as Iran and the Middle East.

The Safari has been available as either a short-wheelbase (SWB) three-door or a long-wheelbase (LWB) five-door chassis. The LWB version has also been offered in utility and cab chassis variants alongside the wagon. Between 1988 and 1994, Ford of Australia marketed the Safari-based Patrol as the Ford Maverick . The Maverick was available alongside the Nissan-branded Patrol.

Also, in some European countries the Safari was for a short while marketed as Ebro Patrol . The Patrol was always regarded as a tough 4X4 in Australia, Middle East, Europe an the Caribbean. Its strong hold is the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and other European Countries. Its major competitor is the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Land Rover Discovery. Mitsubishi Pajero .

Second generation (60 series; 1960-1980)

60:SWB . soft top, hard top

G60:LWB :soft top station wagon, van

H60:Super LWB :station wagon, van, cab chassis

FH60:Super LWB :fire truck

The soft-top Nissan Patrol 60 (two-door; 2200 mm wheelbase) and G60 (two-door; 2500 mm wheelbase) were first sold in Australia in 1960. Left-hand drive L60/GL60 models were sold outside of Australia. The 60 series gained attention as the first vehicle to drive across the Simpson Desert in Australia.In 60’s the Patrol were brought in US until mid 70’s.

The 4WD Nissan Patrol G60 was produced in short, medium and long wheel-base versions. It had a manual transmission type-F3B83L at first with 3 and latter with 4 speeds, 2 speed transfer case with part-time four wheel drive. The motor was a P40 engine with 3956cc (241.4cu in), inline overhead valve 6 cylinder, features bathtub shaped combustion chambers and fully balanced 7 bearing crank shaft.

With 2 doors in front and 1 at back and 4 seats (driver, and companion in front, two parallel back seats) in the long wheel base version, the G60 could have an 8 passenger’s capacity. Other characteristics are: Wheelbase: 2.8m (9’2, 110) Load: 1000kg (2205lb) Bore: 85.7mm (3.374in) Stroke: 114.3mm (4.500in) Suspension: live-leaf/live-leaf Brakes: drum/drum Tyres: 7.50×16; Fuel tank 64L capacity

In 1963, the KG60 (and KGL60) hard-top models were introduced.

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In the 1960s, the Indian Army showed an interest in two vehicles from the Nissan stable, they were the Nissan Patrol P60 the Nissan 4W73. The first production units were completed at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) around 1969. The name as per the Indian army records is Jonga. which is an acronym for J abalpur O rdinance a N d G uncarriage A ssembly. It was built at the newly commisioned Vehicle Factory Jabalpur alongside the Nissan 4W73.

The first production units were completed at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur (VFJ) around 1969. VFJ was sanctioned in 1965 for the production of three non-fighting vehicles for the Indian military: the 3 ton Shaktiman truck from MAN (Germany), the 4W73 (1 ton Carrier) and quarter ton Nissan Patrol.

Interestingly, both the vehicles from Nissan stable were fitted with the same engines and lots of parts in common.

The Jonga was also briefly sold to civilian customers with a 4.0L Hino diesel engine in 1996, but the demand was low, mostly due to an uncompetitive price, as well as its unappealing looks. Less than two hundred units were sold in all.

Jonga served faithfully until the late 90s, when it was replaced by the lighter Mahindra Mahindra MM550 jeeps. Many army auctioned pieces have also been scrapped by their subsequent civilian owners, or stretched and converted to people carriers in rural areas. The Jonga is now becoming a rarity.

Third generation (160, 1980–1985; 161, 1985–1987; cab chassis, 1990–1994)

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