Nissan is a Japanese corporation established in Yokohama in 1933; today it operates the Nissan, Datsun and Infiniti brands in over 160 countries, constituting the globe’s sixth-largest automotive manufacturer. Throughout the 20th century, Nissan became one of the largest automotive exporters in the world, producing iconic models such as the Bluebird and the Sunny which became huge hits as family cars in the US and UK.
Nissan first established their performance pedigree with the 240Z sports car, which spawned a model line that continues to this day, as well as the original Skyline GT-R touring car in 1969 – the grandfather of the modern Nissan GT-R supercar. Nissan also produced Japan’s first turbocharged engine in 1979, reflecting the trickle-down effect of their performance technologies into everyday cars; today, they manufacture a wide range of cars in countries as diverse as Brazil, India and the USA.
In Australia, Nissan has a selection of several SUV models to cater to the needs of the Australian market. Their smallest model is the Qashqai (previously called the Dualis), a city-sized SUV which comes with a number of city-oriented features such as park assist and moving object detection systems. The bread and butter of the range is the X-Trail, a mid-sized SUV designed to be an ideal family car – compact dimensions and plenty of storage to make it useful in town, whilst a proper 4×4 system and diesel engine options make it great for adventures. Next up is the Murano crossover, a large SUV with a powerful V6 and luxurious interior features.
If you’re after something bigger and tougher that can go off-road with ease, Nissan also has you covered. The Pathfinder is a 7-seat family SUV with a flexible interior configuration that also boasts Nissan’s 4×4-i system for rough roads. At the top of the range is the flagship Patrol – an all-conquering 4WD with a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, All MODE 4×4 that can cope with almost any surface, and a big, luxurious cabin. Nissan’s final model is the Navara ute, which has the off-road capacity of the Patrol combined with the utility of a rear tray.