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I was passively listening to Cash Cab tonight while browsing CZCC and the term "Z car" in one of the questions caught my attention. I promptly blipped the DVR in reverse and listened to the full question. Here it is for the rest of you. Seems a silly question from our perspective, but not common knowledge for many. I believe the contestants got it right.

"Despite the popularity of its Z car, what automobile company was phased out by Nissan in 1983?"

And the final answer is?

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There was a similar question about Datsun's name change a couple weeks ago. The (woman) contestant didn't get the answer.

Edited by TomoHawk

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That just goes to show that Nissan was ultimately successful with their name change campaign back in the 80s.

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Seems a silly question from our perspective, but not common knowledge for many. I believe the contestants got it right.

"Despite the popularity of its Z car, what automobile company was phased out by Nissan in 1983?"

Did they actually call Datsun an "automobile company"? Bad question phrasing if they did.

The 'Datsun' emblem on the Zs did not signify a company any more.

That just goes to show that Nissan was ultimately successful with their name change campaign back in the 80s.

I agree. Good point.

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This may be related...My guru mechanic friend from waaay back who taught me a great deal about cars & car repair said that he always thought Datsun was chosen as a name because it sounded British (which makes sense if you think about it in context since at the time the Roadster and susbsequently the Z were introduced, the Brits held a good deal of market share in America for personal sports cars sales--having held the mantle more or less since they came out with the XK120). We all know of course how badly they underestimated their Japanese competitors and lost that domination for good. But anyway: "Datsun" = British, hmmmm. at first glance, maybe. But we know the truth.

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Did they actually call Datsun an "automobile company"? Bad question phrasing if they did.

Yes I believe they did. No surprise they got that part wrong, nor that you caught the error and pointed it out. :)

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There was another question on the NYC cash cab show, on their discussion forum, about the Z, car; "Which was the first Z car?" But the answer given on the show was 280, which is obviously incorrect.

thxZ

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There was another question on the NYC cash cab show, on their discussion forum, about the Z, car; "Which was the first Z car?" But the answer given on the show was 280, which is obviously incorrect.

thxZ

So the correct answer would be "the S30"?

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Hahahaha. I would have loved it if someone had said S30 and the guy would answer "strike 1" and then reemed him one after correcting him. Followed by a long history lesson on the S30

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Because it's just geberal knowedge questions, they were probably looking for the answer of 240Z. S30 covers the entire run of first-eneration Z model cars up to the 280Z.

I think the show's editors would probably remove anything that wouldn't belong, like a guest complaining.

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Depends on how the question was posed. Didn't see the show. Were they clearly talking about Datsun/Nissan?

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The 240Z was the first MODEL of the S30 product LINE......
You should have quit while you were ahead. You know, of course, that that is WRONG. Edited by sblake01

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Were they clearly talking about Datsun/Nissan?
According to the forum post, the question was simply, "What was the first "Z" made by Datsun?" And according to wikipedia, it's the 240Z. The Fairlady Z was from Nissan. Remember, it's "common knowledge" questions, so I wouldn't expect most people to even know of a Fairlady Z.

Fairlady was not one of the options for the answer.

Link to the topic: http://community.discovery.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/5051918309/m/80019272301

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I didn't ask all that. Like I said, I didn't see the show (or their discussion forum) but my statement was two fold. You answered the first one but failed on the second one. We're on a Datsun forum not the Cash Cab forum. Remember, you're the one who awakened the thread.

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...the question was simply, "What was the first "Z" made by Datsun?" And according to wikipedia, it's the 240Z. The Fairlady Z was from Nissan.

"...according to Wikipedia..."

Must be true then!

As per my first post on this topic, "Datsun" was not capable of making anything, because 'Datsun' was simply a badge. The manufacturer - the company that made the 240Zs as well as the Fairlady Zs - was Nissan.

And the first S30-series Z to be given a chassis number ( and therefore a tangible identity ) was - according to the manufacturer - an 'S30' prefixed 'Fairlady Z', not a '240Z'.

But anyway, what a strange question for a quiz... :ermm:

We're on a Datsun forum not the Cash Cab forum.

I might have taken the wrong turning somewhere. Shouldn't have asked Robert Johnson for directions...... :paranoid:

Alan T.

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I might have taken the wrong turning somewhere. Shouldn't have asked Robert Johnson for directions...... :paranoid:Alan T.
I know of two Robert Johnsons. One was a blues singer/songwriter/musician in the U.S. who died in the late 1930s. Still has influence on modern musicians. He was the writer of "Crossroads", a song performed by Eric Clapton. The other is the founder of B.E.T (Black Entertainment Television). I doubt that you are referring to either of them.

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I know of two Robert Johnsons.

I doubt that you are referring to either of them.

Ouch!

Steven, I'd have hoped that you'd think better of me than that......

As far as I'm concerned ( no disrespect to the B.E.T. guy ) there's only one Robert Johnson. An absolute titan in 20th Century music, and - like so many of his contemporaries - one who died young and largely unrewarded.

He might - as legend has it - have sold his soul to the devil in return for his skills, but I'd say it was a good deal.

I know that you are a musician, and I'm not. I don't know about you, but for skills equivalent to the like of Robert Johnson's, I'd probably sell my soul to the devil at a crossroads too.......

Alan T.

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I know that you are a musician, and I'm not. I don't know about you, but for skills equivalent to the like of Robert Johnson's, I'd probably sell my soul to the devil at a crossroads too.......

Alan T.

Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane also fall into that catagory for me.....or even Lee Morgan if I played trumpet.

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Jimi Hendrix, Charlie Parker, and John Coltrane also fall into that catagory for me.....or even Lee Morgan if I played trumpet.

Curtis Mayfield, Frederic Chopin, Thomas Tallis and Artie Shaw are in my band. I play the triangle.....

I really need to have a beer with you if I ever make it over there, Stephen :beer:

Oops, sorry for the diversion. Better get back into that Cash Cab..... :)

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