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Who Makes Nissan?

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New to the Nissan family? As you search through the exciting lineup of new vehicles available to Portland shoppers, you may be wondering what country makes Nissan. The Nissan country of origin is Japan, where its headquarters still reside in Nishi-ku, Yokohama. There are four divisions of the Nissan brand: Nissan, INFINITI, Nismo, and Datsun. In April of 2018, the Nissan Motor Company became the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, selling 320,000 all-electric vehicles across the globe. Learn more about the interesting history of Nissan with Dick Hannah Nissan before stopping by to see us in Gladstone, OR.

Where Are Nissan Vehicles Manufactured?

As you now know, the answer to the question “Is Nissan foreign?” is yes. That said, many folks don’t realize that the company actually has manufacturing plants across Japan and North America, as well as a number of other locations around the globe. Here are some of the more prominent Nissan manufacturing plants:

  • Tochigi Facility: Manufactures high-performance Nissan models, like the GTR and 370Z.
  • Oppama Facility: This facility manufactures smaller entry-level Nissan models, including the Nissan Versa.
  • Smyrna, Tennessee & Canton, Mississippi Facilities: As Nissan’s two manufacturing facilities based in the United States, these locations build sedans like the Altima and Maxima, as well as tough pickup trucks like the Titan and Frontier.
  • Aguas Calientes, Mexico Facility: Interested in a Nissan Sentra? This Mexico manufacturing facility is known for building them.

Significant Events in the History of the Nissan Motor Company

Many Memphis drivers have no idea that the Nissan Motor Company has been around since 1935! Here’s a look at some important milestones throughout the company’s storied past:1935-1965: 

  • Finished construction of its first full-service manufacturing plant in 1935
  • Became the 4th largest automaker by World War II
  • Built more than 20,700 Austin cars between 1953 and 1959

1965-1985

  • Introduced the new Nissan L Engine in 1967
  • Introduced the Datsun 240z in 1969
  • Built new factories in U.S., Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia
  • Produced popular models like the PathfinderLeaf, Altima, and Maxima

1985-2000+

  • Production exceeded 40 million units in 1985
  • Cedric Model Y31 was introduced in 1987, winning the coveted “Car of the Year” title
  • Nissan shifted its attention to electric vehicles with the EV Hyper mini in 2000
  • The great success seen by the EV Hyper mini inspired Nissan to delve further into the minicar class

Find Your Nissan Vehicle at Dick Hannah Nissan Today!

Ready to see all that the Nissan lineup has to offer? Our dealership near Portland, OR carries every model, and our dedicated sales staff is prepared to go the extra mile to help you find the one that’s perfectly suited to your needs and budget. Contact us to get started today, and be sure to take a look at our new vehicle specials for an incredible deal on your new Nissan!

From learning about the history of Nissan to teaching you about Certified Pre-Owned, we’re here to help you!