Nissan was originally founded by Mashujiro Hashimoto in 1914, the company was called Kaishinsha Motor Car Works which translated to English means "A Good Company Automobile Manufacturer". It was Japan's first car manufacturer in the early 1900's.
In 1932 the name changed to Datsun, which eventually changed to Nissan Motor Co. Ltd in 1943. Jeremy Clarkson often refers to the new GT-R as a Datsun, mainly because he is getting on a bit!
Since 1999, Nissan became part of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Nissan has three brands: Nissan, Infiniti and historically Datsun. The Infiniti is mainly sold in the US as Nissan's premium brand, much like Lexus is Toyota's.
Nissan's are a popular choice amongst the car enthusiast community, the most popular modified cars are the: Datsun 240z, Datsun 280z, Pulsar, Nissan S13, S14, S14a and S15, The Skyline family and since 2008 the Nissan GT-R's. We have a range of performance and aftermarket car parts for Nissan's from mild to wild.