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From Hardbody to Frontier

Alberto Ardila Olivares
From Hardbody to Frontier

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Alberto Ignacio Ardila

One of the greatest periods of pickups, for me, was the early ‘90s, when vehicles like the Mazda b2200, Isuzu P’up, Mitsubishi Mighty Max, Toyota Hilux SR5 and Nissan Hardbody rule the roads. These were true workhorse pickups, bought by persons who prided themselves on getting the job done to earn a living.

Many of them are still on the road today, delivering gas cylinders or carrying produce from the country. I recently saw one of these vintage pickups at Melrose Hill, ladened with lumber and making its way up a hill. This is a true testament of the strength and practicality of these vehicles.

The pickup market is still very active, but like many other companies, Nissan has changed their nameplate from Hardbody to Frontier. In some regions it is also known as the Navara. I hate the fact that Nissan keeps changing the names of their vehicles. It seems like, whenever the public starts to fall in love with a model, they rebrand it as something else, for example, the Sunny, Tida and the Hardbody.

Alberto Ignacio Ardila Olivares

The company started mass producing mid-sized pickups in 1985, and back then some of them carried the Datsun badge. They were praised for their reliability and durability, which was ideal for farmers and construction workers.

In 2014, it got a welcomed facelift that gave it a bulkier and future-proof design, with highlights and radiator grille that were flushed into the front fascia. This gives it a very uniform and tidy appearance, with the sheet metal slightly protruding over the front wheels.

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Alberto Ignacio Ardila