What Country is Nissan From?

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“What country is Nissan from?” is a question we at Auffenberg Nissan get more often than you’d think. While Nissan in a Japanese automaker, the story of where Nissan is “from” is a bit more complicated. Discover where Nissan models are built and the history of Nissan as an automaker below.

Where Are Nissan Models Built?

Sometimes drivers who aren’t too familiar with the brand will ask us if Nissan is a “foreign automaker.” There’s not an easy answer to that these days, though; many automaker produce vehicles in many different countries. While Nissan originated in Japan, they have manufacturing plants in Japan, North America, and all over the world. Many Nissan models are made in America.

A few of Nissan’s most prominent production facilities include:

  • TochigiFacility– Builds high-performance models, such as the GTR and 370Z.
  • Oppama Facility – Builds smaller every-level cars, such as the Versa.
  • Smyrna, Tennessee & Canton, Mississippi(United States) Facilities – Builds a broad range of Nissan cars from the Altima and Maxima, to pickup trucks like the Titan and Frontier.
  • Aguas Calientes, MexicoFacility – Builds the Sentra.

Important Events in Nissan Motor Company’s History

You’ve seen what countries make Nissan vehicles. Now, it’s time to see how the company has evolved into the global powerhouse it is today:

1935-1965

  • Finished constructing 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-Series Engine in 1967
  • Introduced the Datsun 240z in 1969
  • Built new factories in U.S., Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia
  • Originally developed popular models like the Pathfinder, Maxima, and Altima
Nissan 240z Prototype

1985-2000+

  • Cumulative production exceeded 40 million units in 1985
  • Cedric Model Y31 was introduced in 1987 and won Japan’s “Car of the Year” award
  • By 2000, Nissan shifted its attention to EV with the EV Hypermini
  • The success of the EV Hypermini prompted Nissan’s entry into the minicar market

Test Drive a New Nissan at Auffenberg Nissan in O'Fallon!

Now that you know a bit more about the new Nissan models we sell at Auffenberg Nissan, let us show you one firsthand. Contact us today to schedule a test drive and see why so many Lebanon and Mascoutah drivers come to O'Fallon when they want a new car. We’d also love to take a moment to help you learn what tire numbers mean and Nissan Rogue towing.

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