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Company Development, Heritage

First half of the history of Nissan
History of Nissan


Year Company Heritage Development Heritage(Japan)
  • Feb Nissan begins sales of the super ultra low emission vehicle (SULEV) Sentra CA in California.
  • Apr Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation U.S.A is merged into Nissan North America, Inc.
  • May Nissan starts to sell Renault vehicles through its domestic dealers.
  • May Nissan announces its long-term strategy in the Mercosur market (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) with Renault support.
  • Nov Nissan 1.8 liter engine (QG18DE) of Bluebird Sylphy receives RJC the Technology of the Year Award.

Hypermini Model EA0

Bluebird Sylphy Model G10

X-TRAIL Model T30

  • Feb Hypermini Model EA0
  • Aug Bluebird Sylphy Model G10
  • Oct X-TRAIL Model T30
  • Mar Vehicle production at the Murayama Plant ceases.
  • Apr Nissan and Suzuki Motor Corporation reach the agreement that Suzuki will supply mini-vehicles to Nissan on an OEM bases.
  • Apr Nissan starts the construction of vehicle assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.
  • Apr Nissan launches driving tests of the Xterra FCV, a direct-hydrogen-fueled fuel cell vehicle, on public roads this month, based at a facility in Sacramento, CA in the US.


  • Dec Nissan and Renault inaugurate the first new common plant in Brazil.

Cima Model F50

Skyline Model V35

Stagea Model M35

  • Jan Cima Model F50
  • Jan Primeraodel P12
  • Apr Caravan Model E25
  • Jun Skyline Model V35
  • Oct Stagea Model M35
  • Jan Nissan Altima wins "2002 North American Car of the Year Award".
  • Feb Nissan announces NRP conclusion one year earlier than planned.
  • Feb Renault raises its stake in Nissan to 44.4%.
  • Mar Nissan owns 13.5% of Renault's share capital.
  • Apr Nissan enters minicar market by Moco.
  • May The company announces new three-year business plan NISSAN 180.
  • May Nissan increases its stake in Renault to 15%.
  • Nov Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan and Sport Coupe win MOTOR TREND'S "2003 Car of The Year" in U.S.

March Model K12

Moco Model SA0

Fairlady Z Model Z33

Cube Model Z11

  • Feb March Model K12
  • Apr Moco Model SA0
  • May Elgrand Model E51
  • Jul Fairlady Z Model Z33
  • Oct Cube Model Z11




  • Jan Nissan opens Nissan design centre Europe in London.
  • May Nissan reports record profitability with 10.8% operating margin for FY 2002.
  • May Nissan inaugurates new plant in Canton, Mississippi.
  • Jun Nissan and Dongfeng announce the establishment of Dongfeng Motor Co., Ltd. in China.
  • Aug Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors reach Product Supply Agreement on a Mini-Commercial Vehicle.
  • Sep Nissan to establish new sales company in Russia.
  • Sep Integration of service & support companies of Nissan and its group companies.
  • Oct Nissan and Nissan Diesel establish joint small truck company.
  • Nov Teana received Special Award (Best Value) of The Japan Car of The Year Award 2003-2004.


  • Dec Nissan to launch limited leasing of the 2003 model X-TRAIL FCV.
  • Dec Nissan Bluebird Sylphy certified as Japan's first SULEV.

Teana Model J31

Presage Model U31

Cube Cubic Model GZ11

President Model PF50

  • Feb Teana Model J31
  • Jun Presage Model U31
  • Sep Cube Cubic Model GZ11
  • Sep Clipper Model U71/U72
  • Oct President Model PF50
  • Mar Alliance Vision - Destination.
  • Apr Nissan reports record operating profits of 825 billion yen and operating profit margin of 11.1%.
  • May Nissan Korea unveils Infiniti launch strategy.
  • May Dongfeng Motor Company Passenger Vehicle's Guangzhou Huadu Plant goes into operation.


  • Jun Nissan announces relocation of Global Headquarters to Yokohama in 2010.
  • Jun Nissan announces new strategy for Egypt.
  • Jul Nissan announces Vehicle Recycling Fees for Japan.


  • Sep Nissan unveils Six New Models for Japan.

Tiida Model C11

Murano Model Z50

Fuga Model Y50

Lafesta Model B30

  • Sep Tiida Model C11
  • Sep Murano Model Z50
  • Oct Fuga Model Y50
  • Oct Tiida Latio Model SC11
  • Dec Lafesta Model B30
  • Feb Nissan Sets Up ASEAN Regional HQs in Singapore.
  • Feb Nissan Motor to Enter Pakistan Market.
  • Apr Nissan establishes new sales company in Ukraine.
  • Apr Nissan opens Management Institute.
  • Apr Nissan reports record results for FY04-Nissan Value-Up business plan unveiled.
  • Jun Infiniti launches full luxury lineup in Taiwan.


  • Jun Oman becomes home to world's largest Nissan showroom.
  • Jun Nissan India subsidiary begins operations.
  • Sep Nissan delivers on 1 million commitment.

Note Model E11

Serena Model C25

Wingroad Model Y12

Bluebird Sylphy Model G11

  • Jan Note Model E11
  • May Serena Model C25
  • Jun Otti Model H91
  • Nov Wingroad Model Y12
  • Dec Bluebird Sylphy Model G11
  • Feb Newly-completed Dongfeng Nissan Engine Plant to produce all-new HR and MR engines.
  • Apr Infiniti to launch across Europe in 2008.
  • Jun Nissan reaches 100 millionth production milestone.
  • Sep AB Volvo to acquire Nissan's remaining 6% stake in Nissan Diesel.


  • Dec Nissan announces "NISSAN GREEN PROGRAM 2010."


  • Dec Nissan inaugurates new design center in Atsugi, Japan.

Moco Model SA1

Otti Model H92

Skyline Model V36

AD Model VY12

  • Feb Moco Model SA1
  • Oct Otti Model H92
  • Nov Skyline Model V36
  • Dec AD Expert Model VY12
  • Dec AD Model VY12





  • Mar Nissan introduces Innovative Engine Valve Control Technology.
  • May Qashqai awarded Five Stars by EURO NCAP.
  • Jul Nissan opens new Field Quality Center to focus on vehicle quality improvement process.
  • Sep Renault-Nissan Alliance to create new technology and business center in India.
  • Sep Nissan opens new "GRANDRIVE" proving ground in Oppama. (Japan)
  • Oct Nissan introduces world's first Around View Monitor.

Pino Model TA0

Dualis Model J10

Micra C+C Model ZK12

GT-R Model R35

  • Jan Atlas Model H43
  • Jan Pino Model TA0
  • May Dualis Model J10
  • Jun Atlas Model F24
  • Jul Micra C+C Model ZK12
  • Aug X-TRAIL Model T31
  • Oct GT-R Model R35
  • Feb Renault and Nissan sign MOU with government of Tamil Nadu for industrial automotive facility in Chennai. (India)
  • Apr Global sales of Nissan's TIIDA top one Million.
  • Apr Nissan Advanced Technology Center awarded highest CASBEE ranking.
  • May NISSAN GT 2012 midterm business plan unveiled.
  • Jul Nissan endorsed as Eco First Company.



  • Sep Nissan releases new clean diesel X-TRAIL "20GT".
  • Sep Nissan applies breakthrough technologies in Manufacturing Paintshops.
  • Sep Nissan sets up new car rental company with Nissan Financial Services, Co., Ltd.
  • Sep Nissan announces Midterm Quality Improvement Program "Quality Leadership".
  • Oct Nissan Gulf begins operations in the Middle East.
  • Nov Nissan introduces Ultra-Low Precious Metal Catalyst on new Cube.

Teana Model J32

Murano Model Z51

Kix Model PA0

Cube Model Z12

Fairlady Z Model Z34

  • Jun Teana Model J32
  • Sep Murano Model Z51
  • Oct Kix Model PA0
  • Nov Cube Model Z12
  • Dec Fairlady Z Model Z34
  • Jun Nissan inaugurates new plant in St. Petersburg, Russia
  • Jul Nissan introduces new Dual Injector System for improved fuel efficiency in gasoline engines.


  • Aug Inauguration of new Nissan Global Headquarters.
  • Nov Nissan NV200 awarded International Van of the Year 2010 in Europe
  • Dec Nissan begins local production in Vietnam.

NV200 Vanette Model M20

Skyline Crossover Model J50

Fairlady Z Roadster
Model Z34

Fuga Model Y51

Roox Model VA0

  • May NV200 Vanette Model M20
  • Jul Skyline Crossover Model J50
  • Oct Fairlady Z Roadster Model Z34
  • Nov Fuga Model Y51
  • Dec Roox Model VA0

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