PRETORIA, South Africa – The Nissan Patrol was launched into the South African sport utility vehicle market seven decades ago and, since, has moulded the genre.
That made it part of a global market and its creation was followed by the founding of dedicated and enthusiastic Patrol Clubs on every continent. This year, 2021, the Patrol is celebrating its 70th anniversary – but, its makers say, ”is still much a revolutionist and icon in its class as it was when it was introduced to the world”.
The Patrol has earned a reputation as a “King of Off-Road” a luxury SUV that’s always been a first-class off-roader – powerful engine, cabin comfort, brute strength, intelligent 4×4 tech and bold design.
”And,” Nissan says, ”is engineered from the wheels up to tackle Earth’s most demanding driving conditions.”
TRUE, TOUGH, OFF-ROADER
Six generations have launched – each, according to Nissan, true to the old-school ruggedness that has made it popular while improving safety as new tech came along. The latest Patrol was unveiled in March 2021.
From its first launch in 1951, the Nissan Patrol always set itself apart from other SUVs as a true off-road luxury vehicle. The innovation and consistent high performance of the Patrol speak for its reputation and history-making heritage across the world.
Stefan Haasbroek, Nissan SA’s marketing manager, recalled some of its adventures: “The Patrol was the first vehicle to cross Australia’s Simpson Desert over Earth’s longest parallel sand dunes.”
Just one example, the automaker says, that made it best in class. ”And, 70 years later, we continue to inspire enthusiastic fans and create excitement for every release.”
Rough overlanding might be one thing but the Patrol, The Corner was told, has a long list of firsts-in-class in the SUV category. In 2013 a Guinness World Record was scored by a Patrol pulling a 170-ton cargo plane. In 2015, it made the fastest ascent of a 100m-high sand dune.
Various Dakar rallies delivered, over the years, several medals.
It’s this accomplished reputation that has inspired the formation of organised communities of Patrol fans and car enthusiasts. The Patrol Clubs promote safe and responsible four-wheel driving experiences. These clubs are involved in various activities that allow them to experience the full capabilities of a Patrol: road trips, off-roading events, driver-training programmes and more.
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Many of these clubs also actively participate in volunteer efforts, giving back to their communities with the Patrol as a trusted and dependable companion.
To mark the vehicle’s 70 years of heritage, the Patrol Owners Club will converge at Goerapan in the Kalahari this weekend (24-26 September) to celebrate everything Patrol.
MORE TECH FEATURES TO COME
Haasbroek added: “The new Patrol brings technological features that will maintain the Patrol’s reputation as the most technologically advanced SUV in its class. We look forward to welcoming new Patrol Clubs members – and to another 70 years of iconic status.”