The vehicles we now know as "Nissans" were first exported to Canada in 1966 as "Datsuns." These vehicles were built in Japan, and Vancouver was the port of entry and also the national headquarters for the Canadian arm of Nissan Motor Company, who built Datsuns.
Langley was home to one of the first dealerships in the country selling the popular little Datsuns. The dealership opened in 1967. Originally named "Valley Datsun," it was located on Fraser Highway across the street from the original Save On Foods store in Langley. It had a very small showroom and service operation.
In 1982, Nissan Motor Company dropped the Datsun name in Canada and re-branded their vehicles as Nissan, a name they used in other countries throughout the world. At that time, Valley Datsun changed its name to Langley Nissan. A change of location was made to 20567 Langley Bypass, close to Glover Road.
In 1990, Langley Nissan was purchased by Karel and Karen Jonker. A new building was constructed at 19372 Langley Bypass to accommodate Langley's growing customer base of Nissan owners. The service department now had four service bays. But our business continued to grow.
We opened our newly constructed Jonker Nissan building on October 19, 1999. We went from a 7,500 sq. ft. building to a 16,000 sq. ft. building with 11 service bays, a service drive-through and a five-car showroom.
In 2009, Nissan Canada Inc. honoured Jonker Nissan with an Award of Excellence. Jonker Nissan was one of 12 out of 146 dealerships in contention across the country. The Nissan Award of Excellence program recognizes and honours those Dealers who consistently live up to Nissan's standards of excellence and provide customers with an exceptional Retail experience. Our great staff and focus on customer satisfaction has contributed to our high percentage of referrals and repeat buyers.