Nissan Timeline

Here is a timeline of events from when Nissan Motor Company was first founded to what it going on with the company today.


  •  Nissan Motor Company is founded in 1933, with the Datsun 15 being its first mass-produced Japanese vehcile.  Nissan’s innovation is brought to the U.S. market when the Datsun sedan and pickups are imported in the late 50s.
  • Nissan begins to build its strong reputation in America and Japan.  The Datsun 2000 roadster brings style and performance to early Nissan design.
  • More than a quarter-million sales are made each year in the U.S. market.  Nissan introduces the BRE 510 racecar, which wins the SCAA 2.5 liter Trans Am Championship in 1971.  This racecar goes on to win 15 out of 21 events.
  • The first Nissan truck is manufactured in the U.S.  Nissan also introduces its Infiniti line of luxury vehicles.
  • Nissan begins to experiment with green technology and introduces new Nissan models:  the Altima, Sentra, and Frontier Crew Cab.
  • Nissan almost doubles the amount of models it offers and almost doubles its sales.  Its lineup adds Nissan’s first full-sized truck, all-new hybrid technology and a 21st-Century supercar.
  • Nissan is demonstrating its commitment to produce vehicles that are efficient, beauitful, and inspiring than ever before.

For more information about Nissan’s history, please visit the Nissan Heritage page by clicking here.