The first Datsun automobile was built in 1914, a small 10 horsepower car with motorcycle fenders. The original name of the company, D.A.T., was derived from the last initials of the company's three main financial backers. A sports-type two seater was produced in 1918 and called the "son of D.A.T.'', which later evolved into Datsun. Throughout the 1920's and 1930's, the Datsun automobile looked like the English Austin after which it was closely patterned, while the company also began to branch out into the truck market. The year 1933 saw the formation of Nissan Motor Company, and was also the first year Datsuns were exported.
Following the end of World War II (in which Nissan produced military vehicles and aircraft engines), the company managed to resume truck and passenger car production. It wasn't until 1960 that the first Datsun was imported into the United States; since then, Datsun has moved into the top three in imported car sales. The company's introduction of the Sentra model (under the Nissan badge) in 1982 moved Nissan into the forefront of the fuel mileage competition for gasoline-engined cars.
In 1982, Datsun Corporation merged with Nissan Corporation to become known as the Datsun/Nissan Corporation. In 1984, the Datsun name was dropped and the new company emerged as Nissan Corporation.
In 1983, a new sport model was introduced; known as the Pulsar, it used an E16 or E16S carbureted engine, which was larger than the E15 engine. Only during 1984 did Nissan introduce into Canada the E15ET (EFI) engine, which is the turbo-charged version of the E15 engine. In 1987, the Pulsar E16i (fuel injected version of the E16S) and CA16DE were introduced. The CA16DE (1.6L) is a dual overhead camshaft, 16 valve engine. In 1988, the CA16DE was replaced by the CA18DE (1.8L), a basically similar, but larger engine. In 1991, the Pulsar was dropped and the Sentra NX Coupe was introduced.