Nissan has for many years been the biggest-selling Japanese car brand in the UK. It has famously made some very bold decisions with its models that have really paid off in terms of sales.
For instance, Nissan invented the 'crossover' SUV market with the Qashqai - half way between a 4x4 and a regular hatchback. It has since become one of the UK's bestselling cars. A similar story has happened with the smaller and even more adventurously-styled Juke crossover.
Nissan is one half of a joint operation with Renault. While it shares some components with the French company, it very much retains its own identity.
Although much of Nissan's production happens at factories worldwide, the company has a major foothold in the British economy. The Nissan factory in Sunderland produces more cars than any other brand in the UK. It manufactures not only the Qashqai and Juke, but also the popular X-Trail 4x4 and Nissan's flagship electric car, the Leaf.
Nissan Juke 2019
Nissan cars are reliable – or so the company's reputation would have you believe. But does the reality live up to the expectation?
Every year, we run an annual car survey where tens of thousands of people tell us about their current car and how reliable it is. Based on feedback from current Nissan owners, we have reliability data for new cars aged up to three years old, and also cars aged between three and eight years old.
Nissan car reliability
Ratings and review
Table notes We surveyed online 47,013 members of the general public covering 55,833 cars. Survey in field December 2019 to February 2020.
The popularity of models such as the Juke and Qashqai means there are lots of second-hand options around. Because they're viewed as desirable, they tend to keep their value well. Nissan often has competitive monthly PCP (Personal Contract Purchase) rates, too.
Nissan has a pretty broad range of cars at present. For a while it pursued a bold strategy of offering only 'niche' cars such as the Qashqai and Juke crossovers - a decision that turned out to be tremendously popular. But the stand-out styling of Nissan's high-riding Juke/Qashqai pairing doesn't appeal to everyone.