The Nash NXI Prototype

In postwar America, the small Nash Motors company was beginning to notice that an emerging number of women were wanting to get drver’s licenses and buy their own automobiles. This influenced Nash to build the NXI prototype, a small automobile that would appeal to women that would be low priced, easy to drive and easy to park. Nash undertook public surveys and positive public response only encouraged Nash to seek a partnership with Austin over in the UK to build what became the 1954 Nash Metropolitan, a small four cylinder automobile. After Nash and Hudson merged later in 1954, which became the world’s largest corporate merger at the time, the little Metropolitan was continued by the newly formed American Motors Corporation until 1962. Between the U.S. and Canada, nearly 95,000 Metropolitans were sold, making this little car one of the most successful of the early imports. 

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