Classic cars | Why Nissan's Judo could have floored the mini-SUV market in the 1980s

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Nissan Judo Concept
Nissan Judo Concept
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Imagine the surprise of showgoers and attendees who walked the halls of Tokyo's 1987 auto salon and saw Nissan's Judo. Here was a two-door concept vehicle that very accurately projected the trend that would be created with soft-roaders many years later.


Nissan's all-terrain offering in 1987 was hardcore. You could have ladder frame statins wagons such as Patrol, Frontier or Sani (for the South African market). The notion of a lightweight two-door vehicle with high-volume tyres and lots of ground clearance was unimaginable.

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