Where Are Nissan Vehicles Made?

by Rob Wagner

The Japan-based Nissan Motor Company manufactures Nissan cars and trucks in 17 countries. It's a multinational company that sought as early as the 1950s to expand its operations beyond Japan. In 1966, it took a leap forward in expansion by acquiring the Japanese Prince Motors, which produced the popular Skyline cars, and continued with that model as the GT-R to extend its reach in sports car marketing.

Datsun

Nissan assembly plant in Japan.

The company was known worldwide as Nissan, except in the United States until 1979, when it was Datsun, literally meaning "son" of DAT, an acronym for the company's early partners, Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama and Meitaro Takeuchi.

Austin

Nissan was scheduled to open an assembly plant in 2010 in Sunderland, United Kingdom.

As part of its multinational expansion goals, Nissan forged an agreement with British-made Austin in 1952 to assemble and sell Austin cars in Japan.

Tennessee Plant

The Smyrna, Tenn., plant was Nissan's first foray in to U.S. manufacturing.

By the early 1980s, Nissan opened an assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., to build the Nissan Pathfinder, Hardbody and 720 models, with additional plants added in Decherd, Tenn., and Canton, Miss.

Ford Partnership

This 2002 MercuryVillager is a rebadged Nissan Quest.

Nissan and the Ford Motor Company formed a partnership to produce the identical Mercury Villager and Nissan Quest minivans in the United States from 1993 to 2002.

Renault Connection

Nissan and Renault officials break ground for a new plant in Chennai, India, to open in 2010.

In 1999, the France-based Renault S.A. acquired a 44.4 percent stake in Nissan Motors stock and 22.5 percent in Nissan Diesel.

Global Reach

The Canton, Miss., Nissan assembly plant.

Nissan has 13 plants and research centers in Japan alone with operations also in India, Brazil, the Philippines, Pakistan, Mexico, Egypt, Malaysia, Iran, Indonesia, South Africa, the U.S., Russia, United Kingdom, Thailand, Taiwan and Spain.

About the Author

Rob Wagner is a journalist with over 35 years experience reporting and editing for newspapers and magazines. His experience ranges from legal affairs reporting to covering the Middle East. He served stints as a newspaper and magazine editor in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Wagner attended California State University, Los Angeles, and has a degree in journalism.

Photo Credits

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