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Nissan Celebrates 56 Years in Morelos

By Rodrigo Andrade | Tue, 05/31/2022 - 17:17

Nissan is celebrating the 56th anniversary of its CIVAC plant, which opened in May 1966. This is Nissan’s first production plant outside of Japan and set the standard for the automotive manufacturers that have arrived in Mexico since then. Nissan has produced over 14 million cars in Mexico and more than 6 million in the CIVAC plant. 

“Today, it would be hard to talk about the Nissan history in Mexico without the great legacy that we have built in the CIVAC plant. We have pride in celebrating the beginning of a long trajectory in the country, based on innovation, research, commitments and production of vehicles with the highest quality standards. These characteristics have not only served as a guideline for other plants as A1 and A2 in Aguascalientes, but also for the production plants for Nissan all around the globe,” said Joan Busquets, Vice President, Nissan Mexicana Manufacturer.

The story of Nissan Mexicana started in 1959, first as a vehicle distributor for the popular car brand Datsun. As the vehicle rose in popularity, the company began building its first production plant in the country in 1961, which started manufacturing the Datsun Bluebird in 1966 according to TYT.

Nissan was a key contributor to the “Made in Mexico” quality standard and acted as a guide for other automotive plants that later came into the country. The CIVAC plant has the ISO 9001 quality certification, the ISO 14001 ecological certification and the ISO 45001 health and security in the workplace certification. Nissan Mexicana also has PROFEPA’s Clean Industry certification, obtained as a part of its global “Nissan Green Program.” 

The CIVAC plant now manufactures the Nissan NP300 and Nissan Frontier, two of the most popular vehicles in Mexico. In April 2022, these two models were the most sold vehicles in their segment, with over 3,440 units sold in the Mexican market each. 

The plant generated stable employment for thousands of Mexican families and served as a critical exportation point for Latin America and the Caribbean, especially during the 1970s, when the plant exported to the Canadian and Japanese markets. 

Rodrigo Andrade Rodrigo Andrade Junior Journalist & Industry Analyst