Nissan Cabstar in Strasbourg, France
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Nissan Cabstar (kana:日産・アトラス) is the name used in Japan for two lines of pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles sold by Nissan and built by UD Nissan Diesel, a Volvo Trucks company, and by Renault-Nissan Alliance in Spain for the European market for Renault Trucks, a Volvo Trucks company. The lighter range (1-1.5 tons) replaced the earlier Cabstar and Homer, while the heavier Caball and Clipper were replaced by the 2-4 ton range Atlas. The nameplate was first introduced in December 1981.
Manufacturing of the heavier range (H40-series) began in December 1981, while the lighter series Atlas (F22) was introduced in February 1982.
The Atlas F22 was sold in Europe as the Nissan Cabstar and proved a popular truck in the UK market due to its reliability and ability to carry weight. From 1990 the range widened and was sold as the Cabstar E. In Taiwan, the F22 continued to be sold as the "Yue Loong Homer".
It was also used as recreational truck for Motorhome conversions. It proved to be serious competition for the dated Bedford CF and Ford Transit, which were its main competitors. The trucks popularity in the African market saw vast majority of the remaining early UK F22 models being exported to Africa.
Australia was another important market for the Atlas, where it took over after the previous Nissan Caball which was sold there from 1970 to 1981. It was later marketed as the Nissan Cabstar (1984–1992). It was built in Australia using many local components.
The UD 1400 was similar to the Atlas F23 featuring a 4.7 L turbo diesel 175 hp) and was available until 2010.
The Atlas F23 is sold as the UD 35 and UD 40 Series and features a 4.2 L 6-cylinder turbo diesel engine producing 87kw[
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