The Nissan Motor
Company Ltd. began as Jidosha Seizo Co., Ltd. in 1933. In 1958 Nissan began
exporting passenger cars to the U.S., and two years later the Nissan Motor
Corporation U.S.A. was established. In 1981 the brand name on overseas models
was changed from Datsun to Nissan. In 1980 Nissan Motor Manufacturing
Corporation (NMMC) was established in Smyrna, Tenn., and produced its one
millionth vehicle in 1989. That same year the luxury Infiniti division
debuted. In 2001 Nissan had produced more than 60 million vehicles.