Goodbye Datsun… again

According to news reports today, a mere seven years after announcing its revival for emerging markets, the Datsun brand name is once again going to be retired. Nissan has been struggling with a lack of profitability, so as part of 2.8 billion dollars worth of cuts, the Datsun line-up is to be axed once more.
Nissan originally phased out the name back around 1983, as part of its globalization program, with the intention of using only the Nissan name on all of its export and domestic models. 30 years on, the brand rose from the ashes once more, for economy models sold in East Asia, South Africa and Russia, beginning with sales of the Datsun Go.
I suspect this time the name could well be gone for good… although looking at the modern lineup of Datsuns, maybe that’s not such a bad thing, eh?

TC24-B1Z

If you have ever wondered what 414hp (420ps) at 9000 rpm from a normally aspirated L-series straight six sounds like… Well wonder no more. Feast your ears with the video above. Not that this is just any ordinary hot L6 of course. OS Giken worked its magic back in 1980 to produce the exotic TC24-B1… a bespoke 24 valve DOHC cylinder head for the venerable L-series, which breathed new life into the old favourite. In 2012 they overhauled it to produce this, the TC24-B1Z….

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