Approaching its 85th birthday, Nissan has endured ownership changes, collaborations, and mergers and has emerged as the manufacturer of a small but varied offering of popular cars and trucks.

Shortly after debuting in 1933 as the Jidosha Seico Co., Ltd., the company merged with another Japanese company was renamed Nissan Motor Company. It manufactured cars under the Datsun brand and those vehicles, like the Datsun 100, were first available in the United States in 1958.

Another merger later, the Datsun 510 sedan was unveiled and proved a hit. But it was outdone by a sibling, the arrival of the first in series of edgy sports cars, the Datsun 240Z. It was a revelation for the era, equipped with an inline-six.

Datsun’s small sedans and sports cars thrived with more than 10 million exported by the end of the 1970s. In 1981, Nissan became the official name of the manufacturer’s vehicles. The Datsun name was dispatched.

Nissan transitioned into high-performance vehicles in the 1980s with the debut of the Nismo division. It was a precursor to Nissan’s supercar, the GTR. The two-coupe represents the best of Nissan all in one car — superior performance, comfort, luxury and spaciousness.

The carmaker’s Z series and longstanding stablemates like the Sentra, Murano and Armada SUVs and Titan pickup have a loyal following, but the GTR took Nissan to another level. It’s most powerful vehicle the manufacturer had ever made.

NissanThe GTR is the most powerful car Nissan built. It’s a lightning bolt on wheels, a turbocharged 565-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 with a 0-60 mph capabilities in 2.9 seconds. But the GTR also performs in style, leather seats to power-folding heated mirrors. Technology reigns, too, with a sleigh of standard features: the NissanConnect mobile-app integration system to an eight-inch touchscreen and an 11-speaker Bose audio system to Bluetooth and USB connectivity.

2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid: Nice try, can’t match SUV stars

The Nissan Rogue is a decade old. It arrived in late 2007 as a 2008 model and joined the quickly expanding crossover SUV segment....
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is the Truck of the Year.

New Nissan Titan XD gets truck of the year honors

Every car publication annual selects its cars and trucks of the year. It remains a mystery why it's done early in the calendar year,...

2015 Nissan Murano: Driving the USA Pro Challenge #2

The USA Pro Challenge, the fifth-year professional cycling event in Colorado, takes the riders throughout cities large and small. In the past few days,...
The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder has good overall vision.

2015 Nissan Pathfinder: Lots of features, limited space

Now 30 years old, the Nissan Pathfinder continues the carmaker’s midsize offering in the sport utility vehicle segment. The 2015 edition includes slight standard equipment...

2015 Nissan Rogue: Versatile SUV Keeps Improving

It’s hard to believe the Nissan Rogue has been around for eight years. It arrived in late 2007 as a 2008 model and joined...
The 2014 Nissan 370Z has a sleek handsome exterior.

2014 Nissan 370Z: Fast, fun, impractical

Now in its sixth year, the 2014 Nissan 370Z is the seventh generation of the Nissan Z-car line that dates to 1969. The 370Z...