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Do you remember these trucks from the Nissan archives?

The Tama Truck is just one of the models Nissan keeps in its archives.

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When Americans think of pickup trucks, it's not often that Nissan is at the tip of their tongues. Still, Nissan has had a long truck history reaching all the way back to the days of black and white photography.

Scroll through the photos below and see if you remember the trucks shown below.

Nissan Atlas (1981-2012): 1981 Nissan Atlas 2t Doublecab

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Nissan Caball (1966-1981): 1966 Nissan Caball Truck

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Nissan Cabster (1973-1981): 1973 Nissan Cabstar 1500DX 1000kg

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1990 Datsun Cablight

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Datsun Pickup (1961-1997): 1961 Datsun Pickup

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Nissan Junior (1962-1980): 1961 Nissan Junior

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Nissan Truck (1959-1969): 1966 Nissan Truck 6t Tanker Lorry

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1947 Tama Truck

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Today, Nissan sells the Titan, Titan XD and Frontier in the U.S. Overeas the Navara and NP300 are also part of the lineup.

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The Rivian R1T is undergoing final testing in Arizona.

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Four new performance testing videos featuring the Rivian R1T all-electric pickup truck have dropped on YouTube. Three of the videos show a specific area of performance while the last wraps it all up showcasing a trail ride. Whether you're an electric vehicle enthusiast, truck fan, or someone who enjoys the road less traveled (or a combination thereof), there's something for everyone.

The first video hones in on the launch performance of the truck. The R1T, like other electric vehicles, has power at all four wheels, giving it instant torque when the driver presses on the accelerator. The wildly wrapped R1T rapidly gains speed as it heads down a dirt path. Watch the video below.

The second video features the R1T drifting around a series of corners at a controlled facility in the Arizona desert. With the dust kicked up, the effect is dramatic. Late last year, Rivian showcased its model's ability to complete a tank turn. The company has already trademarked the phrases "Tank Steer" and "Tank Turn". You can see the drifting video below.

The third video Rivian posted features an off-roading adventure with the R1T speeding down a desert trail. The drive is a test for the dynamics of the vehicle which will have to compete with the suspension and handling capabilities of traditional trucks like the Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado, Ram 1500, Nissan Titan, Toyota Tundra, and GMC Sierra when it comes to market. Watch the video below.

Rivian says, "Last weekend, we grabbed our cameras and chased a few engineers around the desert as they put the R1T through its paces." The video shows off trail riding, rock climbing, and some on-track driving. Let's be honest, this one is the most exciting - especially the rick climbing bit. You can watch the full video below.

Rivian is looking to start deliveries of the vehicle in 2021. Production was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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