Nissan

Nissan is a Japanese automaker that was founded in 1933, although its roots go back to 1914, when Masujiro Hashimoto established Kaishinasha Motor Car Works, Japan’s first automobile manufacturer. Nissan started to expand into worldwide markets into the 1950s and established a U.S. subsidiary in 1958. By 1970, Nissan had become of the world’s largest exporters of automobiles with successful sales of both Nissan and Datsun vehicles.

In 1999, due to financial difficulties, Nissan entered an alliance with Renault. The partnership resulted in sharing of platforms and engines between the brands. Mitsubishi joined the alliance in 2016. Nissan also operates Infiniti, a luxury brand, and revived Datsun as an affordable brand in 2013. Nissan’s alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi is one of the largest in the world, competing with Volkswagen Group and Toyota Motor Corp to lead in global auto sales. Iconic modern and historic nameplates Nissan nameplates include the Fairlady, 240Z, Silvia, Skyline, Patrol, Maxima, Frontier, Qashqai, 370Z, Titan, and GT-R.

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Battle Of The 1990s Icons: BMW E39 M5 Drag Races a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R

Battle Of The 1990s Icons: BMW E39 M5 Drag Races a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R

Both vehicles are automotive royalties from the 1990s and they have lined up for an epic drag battle

As a car enthusiast, you will probably agree that the 1990s to early 2000s was one of the best periods for carmakers. While there are a few exceptions to that statement, CarWow has gathered two of the most iconic representatives of that period. Representing the German camp is the BMW M5 E39, and in the Japanese corner is the Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. Both performance vehicles came out at roughly the same time and represent the pinnacle of their respective manufacturer’s engineering. Naturally, we want to know which comes out on top.

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The Nissan GT-R May Have Found Its Match In The Face Of A Tuned Infiniti Q60

The Nissan GT-R May Have Found Its Match In The Face Of A Tuned Infiniti Q60

This tuned Infiniti Q60 vs Nissan GT-R drag race is a classic David vs Goliath scenario

You have to be living under a rock if you don’t know that the Nissan GT-R is a very quick car, especially given its 14-year production cycle. The R35 generation continues the legacy of Godzilla by being a nightmare to supercars twice its sticker price. However, the Japanese icon is not without competition and some of it comes from the most unlikely of places. YouTube channel Sam CarLegion has pitted a 2019 Nissan GT-R against a tuned Infiniti Q60, and the results might surprise you.

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Take A Trip Back In Time With This 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R

Take A Trip Back In Time With This 1995 Nissan Skyline GT-R

The car is almost new and will probably go for a lot!

The ninth generation Nissan Skyline, the R33, was introduced in August 1995. The model followed the widely celebrated R32 and played a big part in the model’s eventual long-term success. In all honesty, it was the moment’s popular culture that helped the car’s sales by a lot. Gran Turismo - and other video games - made the R32 Skyline very popular, even on markets where it wasn’t even sold, like America. So, following the footsteps of the R32 - aka "Godzilla, the monster from Japan," the R33 enjoyed huge success and ended up playing a role in the first Fast & Furious film (Leons car).

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Here's why the Nissan GT-R Is Still Top Dog On The Enthusiast Market

Here’s why the Nissan GT-R Is Still Top Dog On The Enthusiast Market

The reason behind the greatness of the Nissan GT-R hides behind more than just impressive figures

Ah yes, the Nissan GT-R – a topic that is as banal as the R35’s 14-year production cycle. There is a lot that can be said about the Nissan GT-R and most of it is good. But why is it still one of the best high-performance offerings you can get? There are many things about the GT-R that make it a great proposition for car enthusiasts, both when it was new and on the used market. The reason behind The GT-R’s greatness is a mix of facts, some of which you may not have known.

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10 Things That Make the 2023 Nissan Z an Instant Classic

10 Things That Make the 2023 Nissan Z an Instant Classic

Here’s everything you need to know to stay up-to-date on the upcoming 2023 Nissan Z

The 2023 Nissan Z is right around the corner, and after initial impressions, it is safe to say that 13 years after the release of the original 370Z, Nissan is finally back with a bang to showcase its true engineering prowess once again. The new Z gets all the right ingredients, from a twin-turbo V-6 to a manual transmission, and a starting price of just $41,015. So, here are 10 reasons why the upcoming Nissan Z is worth all the hype.

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How The Nissan GT-R R35 Spec-V Became a Better Car Than The GT-R NISMO

How The Nissan GT-R R35 Spec-V Became a Better Car Than The GT-R NISMO

The Nissan GT-R R35 Spec V may be a better GT-R than the NISMO, here’s why

The Nissan GT-R is a car that doesn’t need an introduction. Its R35 generation, in particular, has been giving nightmares to supercars twice its price tag for well over a decade, with the NISMO version sitting at the top of the GT-R food chain. With that said, it’s easy to forget the R35 also offered in Spec V form, and there’ an unpopular opinion that it is a better performance car than the GT-R NISMO. Here are a few reasons why that is.

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Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Vs Dodge Viper SR2: Two Completely Different Recipes For Performance

Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R Vs Dodge Viper SR2: Two Completely Different Recipes For Performance

The two sports cars are desired icons from the 1990s and worthy of a poster, but that’s the only thing they have in common. Here’s how they stack up

Comparing the Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R and second-generation Dodge Viper (SR) is like comparing apples to oranges. However, one thing they have in common is that they both represent the peak sports car of the late 1990s to early 2000s period and have a cult following. If you are either a Skyline or a Viper enthusiast, you probably know all there is to know about these cars, and you can skip the article. But if you aren’t firmly pledged to either camp, the comparison between these two automotive icons might surprise you.

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2023 Nissan Z Review - Familiar DNA Wrapped in a New Yet Retro Package

2023 Nissan Z Review - Familiar DNA Wrapped in a New Yet Retro Package

Ho-hum to the Eardrum

I’ll never forget how excited my buddy Tom was when he showed up to our workplace for the very first time to show off his shiny new 2003 Nissan 350Z - a legendary sports car that had just been revived amongst much fanfare. I never would have imagined that 20 years later that a) I would still be test-driving cars for a living and that b) that there would even still be a Z in production. But here we are with what turns out to be just the 2nd redesign of the Z during that time span. And you know what? It all feels very familiar.

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10 Things That Make The Nissan Skyline R34 Totally Worth Having At Any Cost

10 Things That Make The Nissan Skyline R34 Totally Worth Having At Any Cost

Here are 10 points to better understand the hype around the iconic Nissan R34 Skyline GT-R

Let’s just skip over the obvious, shall we? It’s a well-established fact all over the world that the R34 Nissan Skyline GT-R is a technological masterpiece, and right now, it’s a better investment than villas around Sherman Oaks. The car is already a JDM legend and pop culture icon thanks to its long-lasting role in the Fast and Furious and popular racing games like Need for Speed and Gran Turismo. Unfortunately due to the 25-year import policy on foreign cars, it is not available in the U.S. just yet but it soon will be, so in this article let’s look at why investing a six-figure sum on a JDM icon is worth it.

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This 1972 Datsun 240Z Is a True Japanese Classic

This 1972 Datsun 240Z Is a True Japanese Classic

And you can own this comprehensively-restored 1972 model for a good price

It was the 1970s, and the Japanese economy was doing well relative to other nations that were affected by the oil crisis. This became a period when Japanese automakers like Nissan wanted to show the world that they could do more than just affordable and reliable economy cars. Thus, the Nissan Fairlady Z—which was called the Datsun 240Z in the United States—was born. It cemented itself as a sportscar icon in the 1970s, and it turned out to be just the beginning for Nissan to create even more potent Z sportscars down the line.

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Cringe As You Watch a Modified Nissan 240SX Take a Beating

Cringe As You Watch a Modified Nissan 240SX Take a Beating

Hoonigan’s game of Circle Jerks is back with two very different drift cars

The folks over at Hoonigan are back to their old ways of abusing cars and destroying tires, not that anyone is complaining. This time they looked through their back catalog of hundreds of Daily Transmission episodes to revive an old segment - Circle Jerks. Only now it is being played with a heavily modified Lexus LS 400, and a 1JZ-powered Nissan 240SX.

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2023 Nissan Z - Performance, Price and Photos

2023 Nissan Z - Performance, Price and Photos

Nissan keeps the Z alive with a manual gearbox, modern tech, and a design that pays homage to over seven generations of the iconic sports car

After its debut in August last year, the highly anticipated Nissan Z is finally here, and it thankfully lives up to all the hype. The prices and trims of the 2023 Z were recently announced and it is every bit the sports car that Nissan promised us, with the base model starting just under $40,000. Also, the production-spec model stays true to the stunning Z-Proto or 400Z concept that we first saw in 2020. Here’s everything you need to know about the Nissan Z.

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McLaren is Joining Formula E with Help From an Unlikely Collaboration

McLaren is Joining Formula E with Help From an Unlikely Collaboration

McLaren is teaming up with a Formula E veteran, but not the one you expect

Formula E has been making massive waves in the world of motorsport ever since the series had its first race in 2014. Some are debating over whether or not the series will properly begin to take on Formula 1 both in terms of ratings, popularity, and sheer entertainment. Before any of that happens though, teams will evolve and a perfect example of that is Nissan providing motors for the upcoming McLaren Formula E team. McLaren will be joining the racing series for the ninth season which is set to kick off in early 2023.

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The Best Electric Family Cars for 2022

The Best Electric Family Cars for 2022

If you’re in the market for an electric family car, then this is the list you need to check out

As of 2022, it’s safe to say that EVs are mainstream. With all major mass-market automakers offering multiple EVs in their portfolio, it is confusing to choose one. EVs, with their convenience and refinement, make for great family runabouts if the range isn’t a major concern, but, with a whole range of EVs to choose from, the decision-making process is getting increasingly difficult. So, here is a list of 10 EVs that we think should be on your list if you are on the lookout for an electric family car.

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How the Nissan GT-R Changed the Rules and Saved Nissan

How the Nissan GT-R Changed the Rules and Saved Nissan

Little-known facts about how the Skyline R32 GT-R brought Nissan back to its former glory

The Nissan Skyline GT-R goes down in history as one of the most iconic Japanese sports cars ever made. It managed to not only put Japan on the automotive map more than once but also to save the Nissan company from going bankrupt. Nissan’s strife to create a world-dominating performance car culminated in 1989 with the R32 GT-R, but even more interesting is how the car, which got the nickname Godzilla, came to be. A documentary about the R32 GT-R’s birth from YouTube channel, THE SQUIDD, gives a brief but detailed history lesson on Godzilla’s birth.

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The Nissan Altima Might Be a Little Less Boring in 2023

The Nissan Altima Might Be a Little Less Boring in 2023

Comes with a tweaked front fascia, an optional 12.3-inch display, and a few added standard safety features

Being a toned-down version of the Maxima, the Altima has been one of the most value-for-money compact sedans with a starting price lower than $25,000. And while it is Nissan’s go-to budget car, it receives a few updates for 2023 to keep it fresh and modern. For example, the exterior has a sportier appearance with an updated grille, front bumper, new wheel designs, and two new exterior colors. However, the cabin design remains mostly unchanged. But a new 12.3-inch infotainment display is standard on the SL and SR, while available as an option for the SV. A set of new driver assistance features are added to the list, too, including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and blindspot monitoring.

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This Nissan 180SX Is About to Embark on an Epic Tuning Journey in True 90s Fashion

This Nissan 180SX Is About to Embark on an Epic Tuning Journey in True 90s Fashion

Mighty Car Mods is back with a Nissan 180SX build and will make it its dream hatchback

The Nissan 180SX is a classic Japanese car from the late 80s and is one of the more desired Nissan sportscars. One of the surviving examples is now going for a custom build by the Australian YouTube channel, Mighty Car Mods, featuring Blair and Martin. This example of the 180SX is more than twenty years old and is Blair’s favorite car of all time.

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Is This 1980 Datsun 280ZX the Perfect Project Car?

Is This 1980 Datsun 280ZX the Perfect Project Car?

This Datsun 280ZX looks pretty good, and its currently bidding for just $6,000

The Datsun 280ZX is the second generation model in Nissan’s Z lineup of sports cars, and it’s one of the cars that has put the Japanese brand on the radar of car enthusiasts. As a matter of fact, the 280ZX was so good that it even became Motor Trend’s Import Car of the Year in 1979. The good news is that there’s one that’s currently up for auction on Bring A Trailer, and its current bid price as of this writing is at a cool $6,000.

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These Are the Most Powerful Three-Cylinder Engines in New Cars

These Are the Most Powerful Three-Cylinder Engines in New Cars

As it turns out, cars with three-cylinder engines can be pretty fun to drive!

Gone are the days when three-cylinder engines were only meant for urban commutes. These engines were light and focused more on fuel efficiency than performance. However, things are changing, and with upsizing not an option anymore, thanks to stricter emission regulations, automakers are making the best they can with fewer cylinders and lower displacements. Companies don’t just offer them with forced induction now; they even pair them with electric motors and batteries to generate all the oomph possible. Believe it or not, there are a handful of high-performance three-cylinder engines that can blow larger engines out of the water.

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This Video is Proof That Nissan Should Have Built the R390 GT1 Supercar

This Video is Proof That Nissan Should Have Built the R390 GT1 Supercar

The only road-legal example of this GT car grabbed all the attention it needed at Villa d’Este

The R390 GT1 prototype seen in the video is the only specimen made for road use, before the development of the proper race cars. This Nissan supercar is one of the rarest cars in the world, but Nissan was initially planning to build a road-going car before the 1997 Le Mans entry. This right-hand-drive configured supercar was spotted in Italy for the 2022 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este show in May 2022.

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Rendering: Nissan Z Roadster - The Girl Next Door You Want But Can't Have

Rendering: Nissan Z Roadster - The Girl Next Door You Want But Can’t Have

Chopping the top off would be the ideal next step for the red-hot Nissan Z

The hype around the 2023 Nissan Z has been immense ever since the Z-Proto broke cover a couple of years ago. It is obviously a big deal for the Japanese automaker as it moves the Z story forward. With prices announced earlier last week and production underway, expect to begin seeing the new Z over the course of the summer.

This is, of course, the coupe that I’m referring to. But, what about a potential convertible? Shouldn’t that be the next obvious step for Nissan to consider? These exclusive renders were done by rostislav_prokop for our sister site, Hotcars, should give you an idea of what a potential Z Roadster could look like.

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Birth of a Legend - This First-Year 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R Kickstarted Godzillas Legacy

Birth of a Legend - This First-Year 1969 Nissan Skyline GT-R Kickstarted Godzillas Legacy

A rare opportunity to own an original, 1969 Nissan Skyline 2000 GT-R just popped up. Can this be the ultimate JDM investment?

The Nissan Skyline GT-R is a name that echoes across the car world with a kind of reverence, similar to a Porsche 911 or a Ferrari F40. The Nissan GT-R was produced in six generations, with the latter dropping the Skyline name. The story of the Nissan Skyline GT-R dates back to 1969, and even the first model featured hardware taken straight out of motorsports. For over 50 years, the GT-R badge has been responsible for most of Nissan’s proud racing heritage, and it all started with this car, which was recently listed on Bring a Trailer for a relatively reasonable price.

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What is the Cheapest Nissan?

The Versa is Nissan’s cheapest car in the United States. A subcompact sedan, the Versa is sold as the Almera in other markets. Priced from $14,730, the Versa is also one of the most affordable sedans in the U.S. The Versa is almost $1,000 cheaper than the Versa Note, a slightly smaller hatchback.

What is the Sportiest Nissan?

The GT-R is arguably Nissan’s sportiest vehicle. Although it’s already 12 years old as of 2019, the GT-R continues to deliver solid performance and the Nismo version has what it takes to give its more modern competitors a run for their money. The Nismo rides on a more aggressive suspension setup, it sits closer to the ground, and features a stiffer ride. The powerful engine helps as well. The twin-turbo, 3.8-liter cranks out a solid 600 horsepower and 481 pound-feet of torque, a notable increase form the standard GT-R.

What is the Most Popular Nissan?

Nissan’s best-selling vehicle in the United States is the Rogue, a compact crossover built on the same platform as the Qashqai (known as the Rogue Sport in the U.S.). With sales of 93,814 units in the first quarter of 2019, the Rogue is far more popular than sedans like the Sentra and Altima, which barely hit 50,000 units. In 2018, the Rogue sold an impressive total of 412,110 examples.

What is the Most Expensive Nissan?

The GT-R Nismo is by far the most expensive Nissan you can buy. Priced from $210,740, it costs more than four times more than the second-most expensive vehicle in the lineup, the Armada SUV, priced from $47,100. Alongside the regular GT-R, which starts from $113,540, the Nismo is the only Nissan that costs more than $50,000.

What is the Fastest Nissan?

The impressively powerful GT-R Nismo is also incredibly fast. Nissan claims a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 2.5 seconds, which rivals the ratings of notably more powerful supercars. Its top speed is also superior to other Nissan models at 205 mph. This benchmark isn’t good enough to defeat top-tier supercars, but it’s impressive to say the least for a design that’s more than 10 years old.

Are Nissan Cars Reliable?

Like many Japanese cars on the market, Nissans are generally rated among the most reliable vehicles on the market. Nissan was included on all major survey for reliability in recent decades with several nameplates listed as being dependable. It’s the smaller cars that are usually more reliable due to their simple design, the SUVs like the X-Trail and Rogue are also dependable. No matter the survey, you’ll always find Nissan among the 10 most reliable brands.