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Nissan is Japan’s second largest automotive manufacturer.
The Datsun 1000 was the first Nissan model sold in the U.S., arriving in 1958. This compact sedan shared its underpinnings with the Nissan truck.
By the early 1980s, the automaker began to make the transition from Datsun to the Nissan brand name in a bid to unify its brands worldwide. The 1980s also saw Nissan establishing manufacturing facilities in the U.S. The Nissan Sentra was the first model built in the USA.
Throughout the 1990s, Nissan’s product line continued to expand. The Nissan Frontier Crew Cab was the first four-door compact truck. New or updated models included the Altima, Maxima, Quest and the Nissan 300ZX.
The new century brought forth the Nissan Titan, the brand’s first full-size pickup truck. The brand also expanded its SUV lineup, introducing Murano, Xterra and Armada models. Models such as the Cube and Juke followed. In 2011, the all-electric Nissan Leaf was introduced. In more recent years, Nissan introduced new or updated versions of its Versa subcompact line, including the Nissan Versa Note. An updated Nissan Rogue and a redesigned Nissan Pathfinder also debuted.
Nissan has also welcomed a commercial vehicle division, introducing the full-size NV Cargo van followed by the NV200 small van. It has added NISMO variations of several models, including the 370Z, GT-R, Juke and Sentra.