Coordinates: Aichi Kokuki KK (愛知航空機株式会社 Aichi Kōkūki Kabushiki Kaisha, Aichi Aircraft Co., Ltd.) was a Japanese aircraft manufacturer which produced several designs for the Imperial Japanese Navy. After the war, the company was reorganized as Aichi Machine Industry Co., Ltd (愛知機械工業) where they made small kei cars until 1966 when they were integrated into Nissan and developed the Nissan Sunny and Nissan Vanette.
Aichi Watch and Electric Manufacturing
The company was established in 1898 in Nagoya as Aichi Tokei Denki Seizo Kabushiki Kaisha (Aichi Watch and Electric Manufacturing Co., Ltd.). Aircraft production started in 1920, and the company relied initially on technical assistance from Heinkel, which influenced some of their designs. Later, with the prodding and support of the Imperial Japanese Navy, the company started making seaplanes using technology imported from Short Brothers in the UK.
During the inter-war period, Aichi was the beneficiary of technology transferred from Heinkel Flugzeugwerke of Germany. At the time, a team from the League of Nations occasionally visited German aircraft manufacturers to monitor the ban on military aircraft research and production. A Japanese military attache who was a member of the monitoring team, let Heinkel know, confidentially and in advance, of the planned visits. Heinkel thus succeeded in continuing its design on the aircraft ordered by Aichi Aircraft without being spotted.
- Aichi AB-2
- Aichi AB-3
- Aichi AB-4
- Aichi AB-6
- Aichi B7A
- Aichi D1A
- Aichi D3A
- Aichi E3A
- Aichi E8A
- Aichi E10A
- Aichi E11A
- Aichi E13A
- Aichi E16A
- Aichi F1A
- Aichi H9A
- Aichi M6A
- Aichi S1A
Aichi Machine Industry
After the war, the company was reorganized, manufacturing kei cars under the Cony brand name in Japan. Its current descendant, Aichi Kikai Kōgyō Kabushiki Kaisha (Aichi Machine Industry Co., Ltd.), is integrated with the Nissan corporate structure.
- FS6R31 - with synchronous control.
- F30A / F50A / F70A
- MFA60 / MFA80
- Nissan Cherry
- Nissan Sunny
- Nissan Vanette
- Nissan Serena (Largo)
- Cony Guppy, a two-seat microcar
- Cony 360 Wide, a cabover keitora/Microvan/minitruck
- Cony Giant 360, predecessor to Cony 360
- Cony 360 a passenger kei car
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