After successfully expanding into the United States and Australia, Nissan finally tackles the European market.
Nissan begins exporting vehicles to Europe.
Nissan merges with the Prince motor company. This adds an outstanding level of engineering staff to the group, as well as the renowned Skyline and Gloria models.
The legendary 240Z is launched. The 2.4-litre in-line six produces 150ps, giving Porsche performance at less than half the price.
In the midst of the fuel crisis, Nissan’s Sunny takes first place in fuel economy tests run by the US Environmental Protection Agency and achieves huge popularity in America.
Nissan acquires an equity interest in Motor Iberica, S.A. in Barcelona, Spain. Cumulative exports surpass 10 million units.
Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation USA (NMMC) is established in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Nissan Motor Iberica S.A., Spain, begins production of the Patrol (Safari).
After being sold in overseas markets as the Datsun brand, Nissan vehicles worldwide are unified under the brand name Nissan.
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. is established in Sunderland.
The first Bluebirds roll off the line at Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.
Nissan European Technical Centre Ltd. is established in the United Kingdom.
Nissan Italy is established – the first of a series of distribution companies for Nissan, called National Sales Companies (NSCs).