There are so many automakers that originated from Japan, but only a handful of them have survived until this day. One vehicle manufacturer that still continues to produce world-class automobiles is Nissan. Since 1933, Nissan has built vehicles that different generations have trusted not only in Japan, but also all over the world.
Despite its humble beginnings, Nissan became one of the biggest automobile manufacturers in the world and what's even more impressive is that it has been doing it for more than seven decades. Nissan's ability to adapt and create innovations is its formula for success over the years.
As early as 1996, Nissan has already been involved in building fuel-cell vehicles in preparation for an industry that will rely heavily on alternative energy. Before that however, Nissan became a household name for building memorable vehicles such as the Datsun Fairlady 1500, the Z-Car, and the all-wheel drive called the GT-R.
In Japan, Nissan sells "kei" cars to cater to a growing number of Japanese customers who are looking for more compact and fuel-efficient vehicles.
Building Electric Vehicles
Recently, Nissan has focused on building electric vehicles as a response to the automotive industry's growing demand for vehicles that are no longer relying on fuel. A few years ago, the company launched its very first all-electric vehicle called the Nissan Leaf. This new vehicle is being built in a factory in Washington and Nissan vows to produce as many as 50,000 units a year.
Running on a lithium-ion battery that can be charged in a few years, the Nissan Leaf is expected to become as one of the most successful all-electric vehicles in the near future. The latest Nissan Leaf model has a maximum speed of 140 km/h and can last for 100 miles if fully charged. Because it runs exclusively on batteries, the Nissan Leaf will never release any emission to the environment.
Because Nissan is now involved in manufacturing the Nissan Leaf, the company is now trying to build a line of automotive products that won't pose as a threat to the environment. With its commitment to more environment-friendly vehicles, there is no doubt Nissan will remain competitive for a very long time.