Nissan was established in December 26, 1933 with the name Jidosha-Seizo Kabushiki-Kaisha, which means Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd. This company took over the operations for the production of Datsun automobiles. It was in mid 1934 when the company changed its name into Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. A year after, Datsun\'s first small-size passenger car rolled off the company\'s Yokohama assembly line. Fast forward to present and Nissan is now recognized as the world\'s sixth largest automaker. If the Renault-Nissan Alliance will be factored in, it would be the fourth largest car manufacturer in the world. In countries like Mexico, China, and Russia, Nissan is the leading Japanese automotive brand.
Here are some of the remarkable models that helped Nissan establish a strong foothold in the industry:
Nissan Sentra: the image of safety
Initially introduced as a subcompact car, Nissan Sentra has grown over the years, and is now rated by the US EPA as a mid-size car because of its interior volume. With the Nissan Versa replacing it in the entry-level area, the Sentra is now slotted to compete with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The first Sentra MPG received EPA\'s highest gasoline mileage among gasoline-powered cars at that time. The Sentra quickly became a market success, partly because of its low fuel consumption and the sophisticated Nissan parts it came equipped with including four-wheel independent suspension, maintenance-free battery, rack and pinion steering, and bucket seats. In fact, its first year of sales made it the best-selling import car in the U.S. and the fourth best-selling passenger car overall.
True to its dedication to safety, the current Sentra (2015) is named the .Highest Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality. by J.D. Power. It is also the IIHS\' Top Safety Pick.
Skyline GT-R: the flagship of Nissan performance
Fitted with many state-of-the-art technologies like the Super-HICAS four-wheel steering and ATTESA E-TS 4WD system, the Skyline GT-R was very popular in circuit track, import drag racing, time attack as well as in most events hosted by tuning magazines. It was nicknamed .Godzilla. by Wheels (an Australian motoring publication) due to its monster-like track performance. The R32 GT-R has won 29 straight victories out of 29 Japanese motorsport races. The Skyline GT-R took pride in being named by BBC\'s Top Gear as the only true Japanese contribution in the line of supercars, at the time. Jeremy Clarkson also recognized it as one of the best cars in the world.
Xterra: Nissan\'s award-winning SUV
Launched in North America for the 2000 model year, the Xterra was Nissan\'s entry-level SUV with .Everything you need, nothing you don\'t. marketing tagline. It got its name from the Nissan-sponsored XTERRA off-road triathlon race series that took place from 1998 to 2006. The Xterras were fitted with three distinctive Nissan parts and design cues.a unique raised rear roofline, one-of-a-kind rear door handles, and hump-backed rear gate.
With its usability and off-road capability, the Xterra has won many awards and recognitions. In year 2006, alone, it has bagged Motor Trend\'s Sport Utility of the Year and Truck Trend\'s Best Little-Guy SUV Award. That same year, it was also Car and Driver\'s Rock-Hopper SUV winner, Edmunds.com\'s Editor\'s Most Wanted Vehicle, and Peterson\'s 4-Wheel and Off-Road magazine\'s 4x4 of the Year.
When it comes to Nissan spare parts and Nissan accessories, vehicle owners need not worry as the market is now flooded with the widest selection of Nissan auto parts and accessories. And with the wide availability of Nissan parts online, owners even have a choice to do their shopping right at the comforts of their home or office.