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Nissan Cars

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Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., is a multinational automaker headquartered in Japan. It formerly marketed vehicles under the Datsun brand name and is .... ...read more

Nissan Motor Company, Ltd., is a multinational automaker headquartered in Japan. It formerly marketed vehicles under the Datsun brand name and is one of the largest car manufacturers. The car’s name was an acronym of the company's partners' family names: Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama and Meitaro Takeuchi (DAT).

It was renamed as Kwaishinsha Motorcar Co. in 1918, and DAT Motorcar Co. in 1925. DAT Motors built trucks in addition to the DAT and Datsun passenger cars. The vast majority of its output were was trucks, due to an almost non-existent consumer market for passenger cars at the time. In 1926 the Tokyo-based DAT Motors merged with the Osaka-based Jitsuyo Jidosha Co., Ltd. to become DAT Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. in Osaka until 1932.

In 1928, Yoshisuke Aikawa founded the holding company Nippon Sangyo (Japan Industries or Nippon Industries). The name Nissan originated during the 1930s as an abbreviation was used on the Tokyo stock market for Nippon Sangyo. In 1931, DAT came out with a new smaller car, the first "Datson", meaning "Son of DAT". Later in 1933 after Nissan took control of DAT Motors, the last syllable of Datson was changed to "sun", because "son" also means "loss" in Japanese, hence the name 'Datsun'.

In 1931, Aikawa purchased controlling shares in DAT Motors, and then in 1933 it merged Tobata Casting's automobile parts department with DAT Motors. As Tobata Casting was a Nissan company, this was the beginning of Nissan’s automobile manufacturing. During the war Nissan and Datsun produced vehicles for the Japanese war effort with the former even moving its plant to China during the Japanese occupation.

Nissan entered into a legal agreement with Austin of UK to produce the Seven in Japan from 1952. For the next 15 years, Nissan produced car licenced from the Austin Motor Company and in parallel developed its engines to be used in the domestic market. The brand became popular in the American market thanks to the 240Z coupe which it sold in large numbers while its European market success was carried forward by its powerful SUVs and cars like the Micra hatchback. It also achieved success in the performance field thanks to cars like the GTR and Silvia coupes which were sold both in America and Europe.

Present day

In 1999, with Nissan facing severe financial difficulties, it entered an alliance with Renault S.A. of France. Signed on March 27, 1999, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is the first of its kind involving a Japanese and French car manufacturer, each with its own distinct corporate culture and brand identity. The same year, Renault appointed its own Chief Operating Officer, Carlos Ghosn, as Chief Operating Officer of Nissan and took a 22.5% stake in Nissan Diesel. Later that year, the automaker fired its top Japanese executives.

The company's global headquarters is located in Nishi-ku Yokohama. In 1999, Nissan entered a two way alliance with Renault S.A. of France, which owns 44.4% of Nissan while Nissan holds 15% of Renault shares. Along with its normal range of models, the auto major also produces a range of luxury models branded as Infiniti. Under this umbrella the following companies exist: Renault, Nissan, Infiniti, Renault Samsung Motors, Dacia, Datsun, Venucia and Lada.

Nissan India

Nissan Motor India Private Ltd. (NMIPL) is a 100 per cent subsidiary of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. Japan. The company was incorporated in 2005 and together with its global alliance partner Renault have set up a manufacturing plant as well as a Research & Development Centre near Chennai. Nissan in India has a portfolio of two brands, Nissan and Datsun.

The company started off by bringing Completely Built Units (CBUs) to India. The first product that the company brought in to India was the X-Trail which was in 2005. It currently manufacturers the Micra hatchback, Sunny sedan, Terrano SUV, Evalia MPV and the Teana premium sedan which is brought to India in the CBU form. It discontinued the X-Trail and 370Z for the Indian market but is likely to introduce the Nissan GT-R sportscar in the future.



Nissan Road Tests / First Drives

Nissan reviews, road tests and comparisons by CarWale Experts.

  • Nissan Sunny facelift
    Nissan Sunny facelift

    Charles Pennefather, 14 Jun 2014

    The Sunny has been around for a few years now, but it hasn’t been the success it needed to be for Nissan India despite being a very strong package. Somehow, all its good ...

  • Nissan Terrano
    Nissan Terrano

    Charles Pennefather, 21 Sep 2013

    The compact SUV segment is one that is burgeoning, and everyone that can get in on the action wants in. Premier has the distinction of being the first mover in the segment, but the ...

  • Nissan Micra facelift
    Nissan Micra facelift

    Charles Pennefather, 19 Jun 2013

    We drive the facelifted Nissan Micra and find out if it if can live up to the mark set by its predecessor

Nissan in News

Latest Nissan news from CarWale.

  • Nissan GT Academy 2015 gets its six winners
    Nissan GT Academy 2015 gets its six winners

    Nissan India has found its six winners of the GT Academy 2015 competition. After 10,000 contestants who participated in this event, 20 made it to the national finals in [...] 02 Jul 2015

  • Nissan issues recall for Micra and Sunny
    Nissan issues recall for Micra and Sunny

    Nissan has issued a recall for 11,601 units of the Micra and the Sunny. Under this campaign, the company will work on the issues regarding push button start, driver [...] 30 Jun 2015

  • Nissan India may pull the plug on the Evalia
    Nissan India may pull the plug on the Evalia

    Nissan India may stop the production of the Evalia in the coming few weeks. Despite it being on sale for the last three years and undergoing numerous facelifts, the [...] 25 Jun 2015

  • Nissan unveils new Juke-R ahead of its debut
    Nissan unveils new Juke-R ahead of its debut

    First revealed in 2011, the Nissan Juke-R was an absolute monster of a vehicle. Featuring a twin-turbo V6 lifted straight off a GT-R and with the same drivetrain as the [...] 24 Jun 2015

  • 2016 Nissan Altima spotted testing
    2016 Nissan Altima spotted testing

    The 2016 Nissan Altima has been spotted testing in the US. The spy shots show a camouflaged test mule sporting comprehensive cosmetic updates, which give the car a [...] 16 Jun 2015

Nissan User Reviews

Recent user reviews on Nissan cars.

  • Compare with the price the car is fine

    on Nissan Micra Active by Joy Stephen, 27-Jun-2015
    Exterior. i have the blue one,many of many friends really likes the colour and ofcrse the design is beautifull for me.the head lamb and the front view all is [...]

  • its a waste of money

    on Nissan Terrano by Priyanka Thakur, 24-Jun-2015
    Exterior  exterior is nice but not then duster.i love the duster but the time of delivery is more in duster in duster they give a dilevery of the car about 3monyhs later. but i [...]

  • After 3 years of use, driving 70000 KM, my advice, never ever buy this car

    on Nissan Micra by chacko, 28-May-2015
    Exterior Fine, good looking. Interior (Features, Space & Comfort) Though looks tiney from outside, enough space. Engine Performance, Fuel Economy and Gearbox Good fuel economy, [...]

  • My experience of Nissan Sunny

    on Nissan Sunny by CA SANJAY ATAL YAVATMAL, 24-May-2015
    Nissan Sunny is technicaly vary poor and supported by poor help from company as well its Nagpur service centre. Support from company as well Nagpur base service station is extremely [...]

  • Very expensive as to what they offer

    on Nissan Terrano by umesh ghorpade, 23-May-2015
    Exterior Terrano looks very attractive when compared to Duster. It might be the fact that Nissan has tried to show that terrano is superior to Duster with increased price. As far [...]

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