Nissan Headquarters in Minatomirai, Yokohama
Nissan Headquarters in Minatomirai, Yokohama
  1. Nissan was founded in Japan in December 1933, although its origins can be traced back to 1911 as the Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works.
  2. The company’s original name was Nissan Jidosha, which translates to “Nissan Motor”. The name “Nissan” is a contraction of Nihon Sangyo, a company owned by one of Nissan’s early backers.
  3. The first Datsun passenger car came off the assembly line in 1935. The Datsun brand was later dropped in the 1980s to strengthen the Nissan name globally.
  4. During the 1950s and 1960s, Nissan expanded its operations globally, starting production plants in Mexico and Australia.
  5. In 1966, Nissan merged with Prince Motor Company, bringing more upmarket cars, including the Skyline and Gloria, into its range.
  6. The Nissan GT-R, also known as “Godzilla”, is one of the most iconic sports cars ever made, renowned for its ability to outperform many more expensive supercars.
  7. Nissan introduced its luxury brand, Infiniti, in 1989 to compete with other luxury brands like Toyota’s Lexus and Honda’s Acura.
  8. Nissan has been a pioneer in electric vehicle technology, launching the Nissan Leaf in 2010. The Leaf became the world’s best-selling electric car for a time.
  9. In 1999, facing severe financial difficulties, Nissan entered a strategic alliance with Renault. This alliance was further expanded in 2016 to include Mitsubishi Motors, creating one of the world’s largest auto groups.
  10. Nissan’s logo has evolved over time. The current logo, introduced in 2020, features a more minimalist design to reflect the changes in the automotive industry, particularly the shift towards electric vehicles.
  11. Nissan’s global headquarters is located in Yokohama, Japan.
  12. Nissan has a robotics division and developed a robot in 2009 called BR23C that mimics the behavior of bees to avoid obstacles at high speeds.
  13. The Nissan Z-car series, including models like the 350Z, 370Z, and upcoming 400Z, has become one of the best-selling sports car lines in the world.
  14. Nissan has a significant presence in motorsports, particularly in the Japanese Super GT championship and previously in the Le Mans 24 hours race.
  15. Nissan’s Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, is one of the largest automotive assembly plants in North America, producing over 640,000 vehicles annually.

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