Nissan is one of the world's biggest automobile manufacturers today, but the path to success has not always been easy — or particularly straightforward — for the Japanese badge. Founded in 1911 as Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works and marketed for years under the Datsun brand name, the company has been through many incarnations — including a stint making machinery for the Japanese forces during World War II — before finally becoming the Nissan that we know now. Since partnering with European giant Renault in 1999, Nissan has increasingly become a worldwide presence; attracting customers in North America and Europe with its affordable, quality vehicles. However, no longer just a builder of econoboxes, Nissan has in recent decades made inroads into the luxury and alternative fuel markets with its upscale Infiniti brand and the innovative Nissan Leaf — the world's first mass-produced all-electric car. 

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2017 Nissan Versa Note

A versatile and value-oriented 5-door hatchback.

2017 Nissan Leaf

The first all-electric vehicle with improved speed. 

2017 Nissan 370z Nismo

For those who really want to feel the road: A more track-focused sports car.

2016 Nissan Titan XD Pro-4X

Big Diesel Truck Raises the Bar. Diesel-powered pick-up that can really haul.

2016 Nissan Sentra SR

A low-cost, high-value, mid-size sedan.

2016 Nissan Rogue

A spacious, full-featured crossover.

2016 Nissan Maxima Platinum

Rockin’ Midsize Sedan Goes Platinum. Sporty, mid-size family sedan.

2016 Nissan Frontier

An affordable, quality truck. 

2014 Nissan Versa Note SV

Pint Size 5-Door Hatchback. A versatile and value-oriented 5-door hatchback.

2014 Nissan Rogue

The Rogue grows up. A spacious, full-featured crossover.