The Nissan Motor Company, Ltd. was founded in 1911 by Masujiro Hashimoto under the name Kwaishinsha Motorcar Co., Ltd.
After numerous mergers and name changes, the Nissan name was first used in the 1930s as an abbreviation used on the Tokyo stock exchange for the Nippon Sangyo, the name of the company at that time.
The company officially became known as the Nissan Motor Company in 1934 when the automobile sector of the company was expanded and made a subsidiary.
In 2011, Nissan was the sixth-largest automaker in the world.
In December 2018, the CEO of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, was arrested in Tokyo, Japan, for tax evasion. A successor has yet to be named.
Nissan markets automobiles under the names Datsun and Infiniti. Headquarters for North America is located in Franklin, Tennessee.