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Nissan Atlas

Nissan Atlas
File:Nissan ATLAS Doublecab (F24) front.JPG
Manufacturer Nissan Shatai
UD Trucks
Also called Nissan Cabstar (Europe, Australia & China)
Renault Maxity (Europe)
Samsung SV110 (Asia)
UD Condor (Japan)
Yue Loong Homer (ROC)
Dong Feng Pahlawan (Malaysia)
UD 1200/1300/1400 (United States and Canada)
Dong Feng Captain N300 (China)
Ashok Leyland Partner (India)
Ashok Leyland Garuda (India, military variants)
Production 1982-present
Body and chassis
Class Truck
Body style Truck (standard cab, crew cab)
Transmission Nissan (manual)
Aisin (automatic)
Predecessor Nissan Cabstar, Homer (light)
Nissan Caball, Clipper (heavy)

The Nissan Atlas (Japanese: 日産・アトラス) is a series of pickup trucks and light commercial vehicles manufactured by Nissan. It is built by UD Trucks for the Japanese market, and by the Renault-Nissan Alliance for the European market. The lighter range vehicles, weighing from 1 to 1.5 tons, replaced the earlier Cabstar and Homer, while the heavier Caball and Clipper were replaced by the 2-to-4 ton range Atlas. The Atlas nameplate was first introduced in December 1981.

The Atlas is known also as the Nissan Cabstar, Renault Maxity, Samsung SV110 and Ashok Leyland Partner depending on the location. The range has been sold across the world.



Manufacturing of the heavier range (H40-series) began in December 1981, while the lighter series Atlas (F22) was introduced in February 1982.[1]


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.[citation needed] The F22 Cabstar was available in the British market with the 1,952 cc Z20S OHC petrol engine.[2] From 1990 the range widened and was sold as the Cabstar E.[3] In Taiwan, the F22 continued to be sold as the "Yue Loong Homer".

It was also used as recreational truck (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.[citation needed]


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.[citation needed]


File:UD YU41 (Nissan Atlas H41 Malaysia).jpg
UD YU41 (Nissan Atlas H41 in Malaysia)
Nissan Atlas H41 Face-lifted

The F23 was launched in 1992 with the heavy duty H41 launched in 1991. The H42 followed in 1995.

North America

The UD 1400 was similar to the Atlas F23 featuring a 4.7 L turbo diesel 175 hp[4] and was available until 2010.

South Africa

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 87 kW[5]



The Atlas is available in two versions: the F24 and H43. The F24 is known as the Atlas 10 and is available with a 2.0 L petrol and 3.0 L turbo diesel engines with a range of payloads from 1.15 to 2 tons[6] and was launched in June 2007.[7] The H43 Atlas 20 (January 2007) comes in a wide range of versions with a choice of 3.0 L or 5.2 L diesel and a payload from 1.65 to 4.5 tons in rear wheel drive and four wheel drive options. The H43 is also marketed as the UD Condor (light-duty). The H43 is a rebadged Isuzu Elf.

From January 2011, production of the F24 transferred from UD to Nissan Shatai.[8]


The F24 is also marketed in India as the Ashok Leyland Partner (used for the Civilian variants) and the Ashok Leyland Garuda (used for the Military variants).


See also: Renault Maxity

Since 2007 the Atlas F24 continued to be sold as the Nissan Cabstar, replacing the F23 in Europe. Built on the same Spanish Renault-Nissan Alliance production line as the Renault Maxity, the Cabstar uses the same Nissan YD25DDTi 2.5 L Turbo diesel engine in a choice of 110 hp or 130 hp versions and a Nissan ZD30DDTi 3.0 Turbo Diesel engine producing 150 hp.

North America

UD Trucks did not import the new F24 to the United States but in 2008 exports to Mexico from the new San Yi, Taiwan factory commenced, using the Nissan Cabstar name.[9]


The H44 Atlas remained supplied by OEM manufacturers, but the basis was changed from the Isuzu Elf to the Mitsubishi Fuso Canter for this generation.


  1. ^ "Nissan Fact File 2004-2005" (PDF). Nissan. 2005. pp. 26–27. 
  2. ^ Nissan Commercial Vehicle Range 1984 (brochure), Worthing, UK: Nissan UK Limited, July 1984, pp. 7–8, S24.25m.F923.7.84 
  3. ^ Road Transport Road Test
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ South Africa UD 35 data sheet
  6. ^ Nissan Japan website
  7. ^ Nissan press release 14 June 2007
  8. ^ Nissan press release 24 September 2010
  9. ^ Automotive World 16 January 2008

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