May 4, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on April 24, 2017

Nissan Logo Infiniti LogoBrief History About Nissan

Nissan Motor Company Ltd was found in 1934 in Japan when Yoshisuke Aikawa wanted to expand the automotive part of the Tobata Casting company and after also taking over Datsun.

From quite early on Nissan partnered with Austin and built the Austin Seven for the overseas market and then followed this with several other Austin models.

During the 50’s Nissan expanded out to other countries, such as Australia and the USA. In the late 50’s Nissans were sold in the USA and other countries as Datsun’s at first, but then gradually changed to the Nissan brand in the 70’s -80’s (although some may have been changed to Nissan in the 60’s).

In 1966 Nissan bought the Prince Motor Company, who had a car called the Skyline, which became one of Nissans most admired performance car models.

In 1986, Nissan established a factory in Sunderland, England, to help with the European market of its cars and became one of Europe’s most productive car factories.

In 1989, Nissan wanted a luxury brand and so set up Infiniti, which has gradually moved to producing more sporty luxury vehicles using the very latest technology available.

In 1999, Nissan had a few financial difficulties and so formed an alliance with Renault and has made a tremendous come back due to that alliance. In 2010 Daimler also bought into a small part of the alliance, strengthening it even further. Also in 2012 the Nissan-Renault alliance bought a majority stake in the Russian automobile manufacturer AvtoVAZ.

Nissan has also partnered with several other manufacturers on various projects in the past and still do and include Alfa Romeo, Ford, GM, Mitsubishi, Volkswagen and to name a few.

Further tuning on Nissans are carried out by NISMO (Nissan Motorsport), Nissans in-house tuning shop, which was formed in 1984. Nissan have also been involved in motorsport, having formed motorsport divisions in the 60’s and even before if you like with the Datsun brand going back to the 1930’s.

Nissan Silvia ZX Turbo
Silvia ZX Turbo 1984-1988

Nissan Sunny ZX Coupe
Sunny ZX Coupe 1987-1991

Nissan 180SX
180SX 1989-1994

Nissan 300ZX
300ZX (Z31) 1984-1990 & (Z32) 1990-1999

Nissan Sunny GTi-R
Pulsar/Sunny GTi-R 1990-1994

Nissan 200SX
200SX 1994-2001

1998 Nissan R390 GT1
R390 GT1 Road Car 1997-1999

Nissan Primera GT
Primera GT 1997-1999

Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
Skyline GT-R R32 1989-1994

Nissan Skyline GT-R R33
Skyline GT-R R33 1994-1998

Nissan Skyline GT-R R34
Skyline GT-R R34 1998-2002

Nissan Skyline GT-R R35
Skyline GT-R R35 (Nissan GT-R) 2008 on

Nissan 350z
350z 2003-2009

Nissan 370z
370z 2009 on

Nissan Micra R
Micra R & 350SR

Nissan Juke R
Juke R & Nismo 2012 on

Infiniti Q50
Infiniti Q50 2014 on

Infiniti Q60
Infiniti Q60 2016 on