Nissan today announced it reached a new milestone in June with the production of its 100 millionth vehicle. Since its establishment in 1933, Nissan has produced about 76,640,000 vehicles in Japan and about 23,500,000 vehicles in other countries.
At the end of June, Nissan’s total global production stood at about 100,140,000 vehicles.
The following are Nissan’s major global production major milestones:
1942 - 100,000 vehicles
1962 - 1,000,000 vehicles
1969 - 5,000,000 vehicles
1972 - 10,000,000 vehicles
1988 - 50,000,000 vehicles
1992 - 60,000,000 vehicles
1995 - 70,000,000 vehicles
1999 - 80,000,000 vehicles
2003 - 90,000,000 vehicles
2006 - 100,000,000 vehicles
Pictured above is one of our favorite Nissans, the R34 Skyline GTR.
Nissan was established in December 1933 under the name Jidosha-Seizo Co., Ltd. ("Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd." when translated into English) after taking over operations for manufacturing small-size Datsun passenger cars from Tobata Casting Co., Ltd. The first car produced by Nissan under the Jidosha-Seizo name was a Datsun Type 12. The company name was changed to Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. the following year.
In 1935, Nissan began operations at its Yokohama Plant, the first plant in Japan to mass-produce automobiles, and went on to play a pioneering role in Japan’s early automobile industry.
Production capacity in Japan grew further with the start of vehicle assembly at the Oppama Plant in 1962, the Zama Plant in 1965, the Murayama Plant in 1966 (after the company merged with Prince Motor Co., Ltd., a major Japanese automaker, that same year), the Tochigi Plant in 1971, and the Kyushu Plant in 1976.
Nissan first began producing vehicles outside Japan in 1959, in Taiwan. In 1966, the company began production in Mexico, followed by production in the U.S. and Spain in 1983, the U.K. in 1986 and China in 1995.