Who Owns Nissan?

First produced by the Nihon Sangyo Corporation in the 1930s, Nissan is owned by Nissan Motors through the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
Written by Melanie Johnson
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Updated on Mar 23, 2023
In 1999, a strategic alliance between French and Japanese manufacturers led to the founding of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance that owns Nissan.
You may think you know who owns Nissan and where their vehicles are made, but the history of this car manufacturer is more complex than you might expect. While Nissan originated in Japan, it has a strategic partnership with Renault, a French company, as well as manufacturing plants all over the world—including the good old U.S.A.! 
Curious about who owns Nissan and where these vehicles are produced? Look no further. We've got all the details you need to know. Let’s get right to it! 
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Who owns Nissan?

As of 1999, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance owns Nissan.
Well, that’s a mouthful. And what does that even mean? 
The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is a strategic partnership between car manufacturers Renault (based in Boulogne-Billancourt, France), Nissan (based in Yokohama, Japan), and Mitsubishi Motors (based in Tokyo, Japan). 
A strategic partnership, or alliance, is a business arrangement where two or more companies agree upon a set of mutual objectives while maintaining individual operations. The Alliance was originally known as the Renault-Nissan Alliance, but in 2017, Nissan purchased a controlling interest in Mitsubishi and made them an equal partner. 
Today, the Alliance is a leading manufacturer of the world’s electric vehicles

What other makes does Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance own?

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance also owns
Infiniti
and
Mitsubishi
. Nissan owns 34% of Mitsubishi.
Additionally, the Renault Group is made up of five brands—Renault, Dacia, LADA, Alpine, and Mobilize

Where are Nissans made?

Since Nissan is a Japanese brand, you might assume that most Nissans are made there—but hold your horses! A lot of Nissans are actually made in the U.S.
Nissan has manufacturing plants in Japan, North America, and Mexico.
Let’s explore where some popular Nissan models are produced:
Nissan’s high-performance models, the GT-R and 370Z, are made in Japan at the Tochigi Plant, while more entry-level vehicles like the Versa are manufactured at the Oppama Plant. 
The bulk of Nissan’s passenger sedans and SUVs are manufactured in the U.S., with an equal distribution of vehicles being produced in
Tennessee
and
Mississippi
. Since most Nissans made for the U.S. market are made in one of these two facilities, chances are, if you’re driving a Nissan in the States, it was made right here in America!
Key Takeaway Most Nissans you’ll see on the road today were made here in the U.S. in Tennessee or Mississippi.
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A short history of Nissan ownership

In 1933, Nihon Sangyo Corporation debuted on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The group’s core business was real estate and insurance, and its automobile industry, Nissan Motors, was a relatively small side business at first. 
Nissan Motors continued to expand and came to the U.S. as “Datsun” in 1958. The Datsun Type 15 was the first mass-produced Japanese vehicle (check it out, it’s adorable), and in 1959, it debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
To keep up with the rising demand for the Datsun, Nissan opened manufacturing plants in Mexico and in Tennessee in 1966 and 1983, respectively. (The Mississippi plant was built in 2003). In 1982, the first Nissan Sentra was produced and released in the U.S. 
In 1999, Nissan Motors was bought in part by French auto manufacturer Renault. Renault purchased a 38.8% share of the company for $5.4 billion. This led to the Renault-Nissan Alliance—and Mitsubishi Motors was made an equal partner in 2017.
Today, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance has proven to be a beneficial agreement for all companies involved. As previously stated, the Alliance is a leading manufacturer of electric vehicles and continues to
push the envelope in advancing electric vehicle technology
.

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FAQs

No, it’s a Japanese brand. However, if you live in the U.S., most of the Nissans you’ll see on the road were made here, either in
Smyrna, Tennessee
, or
Canton, Mississippi
.
In 2017, Nissan acquired a 34% share of Mitsubishi and made the company an equal partner in its alliance with Renault. The name changed from Renault-Nissan Alliance to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.
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