The Nissan Motor Company is a multinational automobile company that originated from Japan. It is one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world. Nissan’s headquaters are in Yokohama, Japan. The company has manufacturing plants in 18 different countries and employs over 170,000 people. In 1999 Nissan and French company Renault signed an agreement to work together for the growth of both companies. In 2010 Nissan’s sales figures broke the 4 million mark for the first time in the company’s history. The following provides a brief history of the founding of the Nissan Motor Company.
Who founded the Nissan Motor Company?
Nissan took control of DAT Motors in 1933, who were famous for producing the Datsun brand of motor vehicles. Nissan continued to use the name Datsun in many markets, including in the United States where it was used until 1982. The name Datsun came from the first letter of the surnames (D,A,T) of the founders of DAT Motors; Kenjiro Den, Rokuro Aoyama and Meitaro Takeuchi. Datsun means “son of DAT.”
The Nissan Motor Company was founded in December 1933 by Yoshisuke Aikawa as Jidosha-Seizo Co., Ltd. (English: Automobile Manufacturing Co., Ltd.). The company changed its name in June 1934 to the now familiar Nissan Motor Company. Yoshisuke Aikawa served as president of the company until 1945.