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Company Development, Heritage


Year Company Heritage Development Heritage(Japan)


  • Jan Nissan North America, Inc., the Company's regional headquarters for North American operations, is established in the United States. (Operations begin in April 1990.)
  • Jan Cumulative production surpasses 50 million units.
  • Feb The 300ZX (Fairlady Z) wins the 1990 Import Car of the Year award In the United States.
  • May Cumulative production at the Zama Plant surpasses 10 million units.
  • Nov Nissan acquires an equity interest in Siam Motors Co., Ltd., in Thailand.

Avenir Model W10

Presea Model R10

President Model JG50

  • Jan Sunny Model B13
  • Feb Primera Model P10
  • May Avenir Model W10
  • Jun Presea Model R10
  • Aug Pulsar Model N14
  • Oct President Model JG50
  • Oct Sunny California Model Y10
  • Oct AD Van Model Y10
  • Jan In a joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd., Nissan establishes Xanavi Informatics Corporation for the rapidly growing field of automobile information and communications systems and equipment.
  • Mar A new distribution company, Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd., is established in the United Kingdom. (Operations begin in January 1992.)
  • Jun Nissan announces the reorganization of its parts supplier associations, and the Nissho Kai is newly established.
  • Aug Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. begins exporting its Primera 5-door Hatchback model to Japan.

Cedric Model Y32

Vanette Serena / Vanette Serena Cargo Model C23

Bluebird Model U13

  • Jun Cedric Model Y32
  • Jun Gloria Model Y32
  • Jun Vanette Serena/Vanette Serena Cargo Model C23
  • Aug Cima Model FY32
  • Sep Bluebird Model U13
  • Oct Atlas Model H41


  • Jan The Hokkaido Proving Grounds is established in Hokkaido as a cold-weather testing facility.
  • Apr New production facility at the Kyushu Plant is completed, and production begins.
  • Jun Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. begins production of the Altima (Bluebird).
  • Jul Nissan commences U.S. sales of the multipurpose Quest minivan, a joint project with Ford Motor Co.
  • Aug Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. begins production of the Micra (March).
  • Sep Nissan Casting Australia Pty. Ltd. is established.
  • Oct Cumulative domestic sales surpass 30 million units.
  • Oct Vehicle production at Nissan Motor Manufacturing Co. (Australia) Ltd. ceases.
  • Nov Nissan Design Europe GmbH is established in Germany.
  • Nov The Micra (March) wins the Car of the Year 1993 award in Europe.
  • Dec The March wins the '92-'93 Japanese Car of the Year award and the RJC New Car of the Year 1992-1993 award in Japan.

March Model K11

Atlas Model F23

Leopard J. Ferie Model JY32

  • Jan March Model K11
  • Jan Atlas Model F23
  • Jun Leopard J. Ferie Model JY32
  • Feb Nissan Motor Iberica, S.A. begins production of a new 4WD model, the Terrano II for the European market.
  • Mar Nissan and the Zhengzhou Light Truck Factory form a joint venture, Zhengzhou Nissan Automobile Co., Ltd., for the production of commercial vehicles in China.
  • Sep Nissan begins production and sales of the AD Resort wagons and pickups in Thailand and Taiwan, specifically for Asian markets.
  • Sep Nissan Mexicana, C.V. begins exporting AD Vans to Japan.
  • Oct Nissan separates its Textile Machinery Division and establishes Nissan Texsys Co., Ltd.

Largo Model W30

Skyline Model R33

Silvia Model S14

  • Jan Laurel Model C34
  • May Largo Model W30
  • Jul Crew Model K30
  • Aug Skyline Model R33
  • Oct Silvia Model S14


  • Jan Production begins at the Iwaki Plant.
  • Apr Nissan Motor Ibérica, S.A. begins its shipment of the Mistral (Terrano II) to Japan.
  • Apr Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. earns a Queen's Award for Export Achievement for three consecutive years.
  • Apr Nissan concludes a technical assistance and license agreement with South Korea's Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. on manufacturing passenger cars. (Samsung Motors Inc. was established in March 1995.)
  • Jun Nissan Motor (China) Ltd. is established in Hong Kong to manage the distribution of vehicles and service parts to China.
  • Jun Nissan Middle East FZE is established in Dubai, UAE as the Company's regional business management company for the Middle East.
  • Dec Cumulative domestic production surpasses 60 million units.

Sunny Model B14

Cefiro Model A32

Rasheen Model RB14

  • Jan Sunny Model B14
  • Apr Vanette Model S20
  • Jun Mistral Model R20
  • Aug Cefiro Model A32
  • Dec Rasheen Model RB14
  • Mar Vehicle production at the Zama Plant ceases.
  • May Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. begins production exports of the Micra (March) to Australia.

Cedric Model Y33

Gloria Model Y33

Terrano Model R50

  • Jan Skyline GT-R Model R33
  • Jan Presea Model R11
  • Jan Pulsar Model N15
  • Jun Cedric Model Y33
  • Jun Gloria Model Y33
  • Jun Atlas Model H42
  • Sep Primera/Primera Camino Model P11
  • Sep Terrano Model R50
  • Jan Cumulative production of VQ engines at the Iwaki Plant surpasses 500,000 units.
  • Oct Cumulative overseas production surpasses 10 million units.

Bluebird Model U14

Terrano Regulus Model JR50

Stagea Model WC34

  • Jan Bluebird Model U14
  • Mar Leopard Model JY33
  • Jun Cima Model FY33
  • Aug Terrano Regulus Model JR50
  • Oct Stagea Model WC34
  • May Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A. commences production at a new engine and transmission plant in Decherd.
  • Jun Nissan European Technology center (Espanã), S.A. is established.
  • Sep Nissan begins sales of the Primera and Bluebird with continuously variable transmission, Hyper CVT.
  • Dec Nissan introduces the Lepard with direct injection gasoline engines.

Datsun Model D22

Elgrand Model E50

Safari Model Y61

  • Jan Datsun Model D22
  • May Elgrand Model E50
  • Jun Laurel Model C35
  • Oct R'nessa Model N30
  • Oct Safari Model Y61
  • Apr The Aerospace Division's Tomioka Plant is completed and becomes operational in May.
  • Jun A Nissan R390GT1 is placed third in the Le Mans 24-hour race.
  • Jun Nissan introduces the Presage with direct injection diesel engines.

Cube Model Z10

Prairie Liberty Model M12

Cefiro Model A33

  • Feb Cube Model Z10
  • May Skyline Model R34
  • Jun Presage Model U30
  • Aug Avenir Model W11
  • Oct Sunny Model B15
  • Nov Prairie Liberty Model M12
  • Dec Cefiro Model A33
  • Dec Tino Model V10


  • Mar Nissan and Renault signs an agreement for a global alliance, including equity participation.
  • Mar Nissan's 7 major domestic plants and Product Planning and Research Development Group completed to obtain ISO 14001 environmental management system certification.
  • Apr Nissan transfers its Texsys' Water Jet Textile Machinery business to Toyota Automatic Loom Works.
  • May Nissan begins driving tests of a methanol fuel cell vehicle.
  • Jun Nissan sells Fuji Plant and A/T and CVT development organization, establishes a wholly owned subsidiary, TransTechnology Ltd (now called JATCO Ltd).
  • Jul Cumulative exports surpass 30 million Units.
  • Oct Nissan begins sales of the Cedric/Gloria with new generation automatic transmission "Extroid CVT".
  • Oct The company announces the Nissan Revival Plan (NRP).
  • Nov Cedric/Gloria wins "RJC New Car of the Year 1999- 2000"; "EXTROID CVT" receives "Technology of the Year 1999-2000."
  • Dec Japan's largest auto mall, "Carest Zama" begins operations.

Skyline GT-R Model R34

Civilian Model W41

Gloria Model Y34

Serena Model C24

Bassara Model JU30

  • Jan Silvia Model S15
  • Jan Skyline GT-R Model R34
  • Feb Civilian Model W41
  • May Wingroad Model Y11
  • Jun Cedric Model Y34
  • Jun Gloria Model Y34
  • Jun Expert Model VW11
  • Jun Serena Model C24
  • Jun Vanette Model S21
  • Jun AD Van Model Y11
  • Nov Bassara Model JU30

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