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Full List of Every Nissan Model Ever Made
Nissan’s beginnings go all the way back to 1911 when Masujiro Hashimoto founded Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works. The company produced its first car three years later and called it the DAT. A company called Nihon Sangyou, or Japan Industries, merged with what would become Nissan Motor Company in 1931. The CEO of Nihon Sangyou, Yoshisuke Aikawa, was excited about starting an auto division of the company, so when other shareholders were less enthusiastic, Aikawa bought them out and began focusing on building Nissan manufacturing plants.Nissan continued making Datsuns, the kind of car they’d been making for years, as well as producing trucks and planes for the Japanese army.
After the war, Nissan partnered with various automakers to build vehicles for them, including Austin Motor Company in the 1950s and 1960s and a merger with Prince Motor Company in 1966, which introduced vehicles to the Nissan lineup that are still in production to this day. In 1967 Nissan introduced its new highly advanced four cylinder overhead cam Nissan L engine, which while similar to Mercedes-Benz OHC designs was a totally new engine designed by Nissan. This engine powered the new Datsun 510, which gained Nissan respect in the worldwide sedan market.
By the 1950s Nissan had decided to expand into worldwide markets. Nissan management realized their Datsun small car line would fill an unmet need in markets such as Australia and the world’s largest car market, the United States. The company formed a U.S. subsidiary, Nissan Motor Corporation U.S.A., in 1959, headed by Yutaka Katayama. Nissan has marketed vehicles under a few names, including the Datsun brand name. Today, Nissan–which dropped the Datsun name in the mid-1980s–is one of Japan's largest car manufacturers and for car fans it had produced iconic cars that definitely belong on this site, the famous Z sports car and GT-R are just two that come to mind. On this page we list all the Nissan models over the years.