A Nissan Tale

Submitted by IN SEINE

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Back in the early days of Nissan, before "Human Engineering", even before they came up with the name Nissan. Yes, back when they were known as Datsun. They were attempting to break into the American market when the most popular vehicle of the year was the Buick Roadmaster. The people at Datsun decided to win the American people over with service and quality.

The first years model had only one snag, a cog in the drive train was not made to the proper precision. After 800 miles, it would cause the transmission to drop. They had several hundred models at dealers in Chicago that all needed replacement parts right away.

So the execs in Japan, after executing the engineers and all the managers in between, had the new cogs made and sent out on a specially chartered cargo jet.

The jet was on its way to Chicago, when it hit some turbulance. The turbulence was so great that the crate of cogs went flying against the door, shattered the crate, knocked the door open and fell out near Cedar Rapids Iowa.

On the ground, a farmer and his son were putting the cows in the barn when they looked out and saw the cogs spewing forth from the sky.

The son proclaimed, "Look Dad, it's raining datsun cogs!".

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