Shift Dependability. Nissan. The Nissan Navara is a pickup truck manufactured by the Japanese automaker Nissan since 1986. Nissan was the pioneer of the compact pickup truck market in 1959, joined in the 1960s by Toyota. Since 1959, Nissan is known for a number of notable firsts in the compact pickup truck market, including the first extended cab bodystyle (in the 1979 Nissan King Cab) and the first crew cab bodystyle compact pickup, in the D22 Navara.