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Nissan Altima: A History Stretching Back to the Late 60s…

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Daniel Rufiange
… and even further than the Altima name

Nissan’s Altima sedan has gotten a complete makeover for 2019. We thought we’d mark the debut of the model’s sixth generation with a look back at the rich history of the model. It’s a history that stretches back even further than the Altima name.

1968-1972 Datsun 510 Bluebird

Towards the end of the 1960s, a car appeared that would change the history of its manufacturer Nissan. The Datsun 510 was extremely successful and helped made the brand a household name in North America. Its prowess on the race track, both on this continent and elsewhere, helped make it a true automotive legend.

Datsun 510 Bluebird
Datsun 510 Bluebird | Photo: Nissan
Daniel Rufiange
Daniel Rufiange
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  • Over 17 years' experience as an automotive journalist
  • More than 75 test drives in the past year
  • Participation in over 250 new vehicle launches in the presence of the brand's technical specialists