Nissan has been a trusted vehicle manufacturer since the first plant opened in Yokohama, Japan in 1933. More than eighty years later, Nissan’s cars drive better than ever and look great on the lot — but you may be wondering just how they got there. We put together an inside look at how Nissan manufactures and ships its vehicles so that you’ll know exactly where yours comes from.
Many of Nissan’s vehicles are manufactured outside of Japan.
Some of Nissan’s most impressive vehicles — the GTR, 370Z, Versa, Cube, and 350Z coupe — are still produced in Japan. These cars are designed and built by skilled technicians in the cities of Tochigi and Oppama, then shipped all over the world. All of Nissan’s vehicles used to be manufactured in Japan, but many are now made in other countries. For example, since 1986, most Nissan cars sold in Europe have been manufactured in a factory in Sunderland, England. Nissan has manufacturing plants in Resende, Brazil, Chennai, India, and Guangzhou, China.
Nissan also has two manufacturing plants in the United States: one in Smyrna, Tennessee, and the other in Canton, Mississippi. These plants manufacture a number of Nissan’s most popular cars for the North American market, including the Rogue, Altima, Maxima, Titan, Frontier, Armada, and Xterra. These vehicles are shipped around the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, but also to Nissan drivers across the Pacific in Australia and New Zealand.
No matter their place of origin, Nissan cars are always shipped safely; there’s no need to perform extra maintenance on a Nissan shipped from abroad. The most common shipping methods for vehicles are by sea, truck, and rail. If your Nissan was made in Japan, it will reach the United States by cargo ship; however, if it was manufactured right here in the continental U.S., it will travel to you by train or semi-trailer. If you’re buying off the lot, your car has likely already had a long journey to get to you! For custom orders, however, you may even get a say in how your Nissan is transported — the best dealers will make sure you’re in the loop and work to ensure your new Nissan reaches you as fast as possible.
Nissan Car Performance
Nissan vehicles are known for their sporty handling, precise steering, excellent control, and affordability. The Altima sedan, for example, can reach speeds up to 60 miles per hour in under 8 seconds. The Murano also competes with the Lexus RX as a crossover vehicle with European styling and powerful performance.
Nissan is also known for its high-level performance, requiring only occasional maintenance. Still, Nissan suggests regular checks on drive belts, engine air filters, engine oil, and fuel filters to keep your car running well. Like other Japanese cars, Nissans have particular features that require expert knowledge in order to be serviced properly.
That’s where we come in: at LexService, we know all the particularities of every Nissan make and model, so we can perform higher-quality maintenance than a non-specialized repair shop. Partner with LexService for quality routine maintenance and service on your Nissan to keep it running better for longer.