What Country is Nissan From?

2021 Nissan Maxima in Carnelian Red

Wondering what country makes Nissan? Nissan’s country of origin is Japan, and currently, it’s headquartered in Yokohama, Kanagawa. Nissan has four divisions: Nissan, Infiniti, Nismo, and Datsun. Each of these brands aims to offer affordable — yet innovative — everyday vehicles for DeRidder families. Read on to learn more about Nissan vehicles and assembly lines. 

Where Are Nissan Models Built? 

Sure, the answer to “Is Nissan foreign?” is yes. However, the company has manufacturing plants in Japan and North America, as well as other locations worldwide. The productive plants below are just a few of the most prominent: 

  • TochigiFacility– Built high-performance models, such as the GTR and 3702. 
  • Oppama Facility – Builds smaller every-level cars, such as the Versa
  • Smyrna, Tennessee & Canton, Mississippi(United States) Facilities – Builds a broad range of Nissan cars from the Altima and Maxima, to pickup trucks like the Titan and Frontier
  • Aguas Calientes, MexicoFacility – Builds the Sentra.

Important Events in Nissan Motor Company’s History 


  • Finished constructing its first full-service manufacturing plant in 1935 
  • Became the 4th largest automaker by World War II
  • Built more than 20,700 Austin cars between 1953 and 1959 


  • Introduced the new Nissan L Engine in 1967
  • Introduced the Datsun 240z in 1969
  • Built new factories in the U.S., Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia 
  • Produced popular models like the Leaf, Pathfinder, Maxima, and Altima 


  • Cumulative production exceeded 40 million units in 1985
  • Cedric Model Y31 was introduced in 1987 and won “Car of the Year” 
  • By 2000, Nissan shifted its attention to EVs with the EV Hypermini 
  • The success of the EV Hypermini prompted Nissan’s entry into the minicar market 

Test Drive a New Nissan at Benoit Nissan in DeRidder! 

Ready to explore the Nissan lineup as it is today? Contact us to schedule a test drive near Leesville and Jasper! We’d be happy to put you behind the wheel of the new Nissan Rogue or Armada. Be sure to browse our current offers and incentives for savings on a new Nissan! 


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