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• Nissan Motors produces automobiles and sport utility vehicles, and is Japan’s second largest auto manufacturer.

• Nissan was party to an industry lawsuit aimed at blocking stricter emissions legislation in California.

• Nissan has been criticized for using trade agreement loopholes to escape emission rules and employing discriminatory lending practices.

• The company has been recognized as having one of the most fuel-efficient vehicle fleets, but Nissan continues to use resistance against efforts to curb global warming.

• Support cleaner and sustainable transportation through Go Green.

-- Profile Updated 01/31/2011

About Nissan


Nissan Motors produces automobiles and sport utility vehicles, including models such as the Mazima, Sentra, Altima, Xterra, and Pathfinder SUVs. Japan’s second auto manufacturer reported sales of $80.152 billion and employed 183,607 in FY 2005. Renault, a French automaker, owns almost 45 percent of Nissan.

Campaigns

Take Action Against the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM)…

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The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers (AAM), which currently represents General Motors, Ford, Daimler Chrysler, Honda, Nissan and Toyota, is suing states that are trying to enforce tailpipe emissions regulations. AAM is also launching a massive ad campaign to convince the public that Fuel Economy is a bad thing. Join the Rainforest Action Network in writing to AAM to ask them to "stop sinking money into fighting regulations and to start investing in real solutions to global warming."

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Freedom From Oil

Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange…

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Rainforest Action Network, Global Exchange, and the Ruckus Society are the sponsors of the Freedom From Oil campaign, asking auto makers to fight environmental degradation by producing the fuel efficient cars of the future. Consumers are encouraged to send the message to major car producers that there is a healthy demand for fuel efficient and hybrid cars. Ford is the primary target of the campaign, but major auto companies such as General Motors, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and Chrysler are being asked to achieve an average fleet fuel efficiency of 50 miles per gallon by 2010.

www.freedomfromoil.org/


Affiliates

- Aichi Machine Industry Co., Ltd. - Nagoya, Japan
- Aichi Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. - Nagoya, Japan
- Autech Japan, Inc. - Chigasaki, Japan

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- Autech Japan, Inc. - Chigasaki, Japan
- Calsonic Climate Control, Inc. - Irvine, CA
- Calsonic Kansei Corporation - Tokyo, Japan
- Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc. (Subsidiary) - Irvine, CA
- CalsonicKansei North America Inc. (Subsidiary) - Shelbyville, TN
- e-Graphics - Tokyo, Japan
- Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd. - Kosai, Japan
- Ichikoh Industries, Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
- Ikeda Bussan Co., Ltd. - Ayase, Japan
- JATCO Corporation - Fuji, Japan
- Kiriu Machine Mfg. Co., Ltd. - Ashikaga, Japan
- NDC Co., Ltd. - Naroshino, Japan
- Nissan Automobiles - Charlotte, NC
- Nissan Canada Finance, Inc. - Mississauga, Canada
- Nissan Canada Inc. - Mississauga, Canada
- Nissan CR Corporation - Farmington Hills, MI
- Nissan Design America (Subsidiary) - San Diego, CA
- Nissan Diesel Motor Co. Ltd. - Ageo, Japan
- Nissan Diesel of America, Inc. - Irving, TX
- Nissan Eurpoe SA - Trappes, France
- Nissan Financiacion, S.A. - Barcelona, Spain
- Nissan Forklift Corporation, North America - Marengo, IL
- Nissan International Finance (Netherlands) B.V. - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Nissan Italia S.p.A. - Rome, Italy
- Nissan Koe Co., Ltd. - Yokohama, Japan
- Nissan Lift Trucks LLC (Subsidiary) - Memphis, TN
- Nissan Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. - Mexico, Mexico
- Nissan Middle East F.Z.E. - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Nissan Motor (China) Ltd. - Beijing, China
- Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd. - Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
- Nissan Motor (Schweiz) AG - Urdorf, Switzerland
- Nissan Motor Acceptance Corporation - Torrance, CA
- Nissan Motor Car Carrier Co., Ltd. - Tokyo, Japan
- Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Pty. Ltd. - Dandenong, Australia
- Nissan Motor Corporation Guam - Tamuning, GU
- Nissan Motor Corporation Hawaii, Ltd. - Honolulu, HI
- Nissan Motor Deutschland GmbH - Bruhl, Germany
- Nissan Motor Espana S.A. - Barcelona, Spain
- Nissan Motor Espana, S.A. - Barcelona, Spain
- Nissan Motor Iberica, S.A. - Barcelona, Spain
- Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd. - Sunderland, United Kingdom
- Nissan Motor Manufacturing Co. (Australia) Ltd. - Dandenong, Australia
- Nissan Motor Netherland B.V. - Schiphol, Netherlands
- Nissan North America, Inc. - Gardena, CA
- Nissan North America-Smyrna (Subsidiary) - Smyrna, TN
- Nissan Prince Tokyo Hanbai K.K. - Tokyo, Japan
- Nissan Shatai Co., Ltd. - Hiratsuka, Japan
- Nissan South Africa Pty. Ltd. - Pretoria, South Africa
- Nissan Technical Center N.A. (Subsidiary) - Farmington Hills, MI
- Nissan Technical Centre Europe, Ltd. - Cranfield, United Kingdom
- Nissan Trading Co., Ltd. - Yokohama, Japan
- Nissan Trading Corp., USA - Farmington Hills, MI
- Tachi-S Co., Ltd. - Akishima, Japan
- Tennex Co., Ltd. - Kawagoe, Japan
- Unisia Jecs Corporation - Atsugi, Japan
- Yorozu Automotive (Subsidiary) - Morrison, TN
- Yulon Motor Co., Ltd. - Taipei, Taiwan

Contact Nissan


Nissan
Chuo-ku
Tokyo, 104-8023 Japan

Phone: 35-565-2147

Web: www.nissan-global.com

Alerts

Environment

Nissan was named “Green Company of the Year” at the 15th Annual Urban Wheels Awards in January 2011.…

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Nissan was named “Green Company of the Year” at the 15th Annual Urban Wheels Awards in January 2011. The world-class awards show is held in conjunction with the North American International Auto Show, the nation’s largest auto show. According to the judging panel, Nissan was awarded for building the “Most Practical Zero Emission Product” sold in the United States as well as for leapfrogging every other manufacturer to lead the American market in offering the only five-passenger, fully electric vehicle offered by a major brand name.

-- CNBC, 01/09/2011

Source URL: www.cnbc.com/id/41002283/


Nissan was rated as the 2nd worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's (PERI) Toxic 100 index.…

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Nissan was rated as the 2nd worst polluter on the Political Economy Research Institute's (PERI) Toxic 100 index. PERI is an “independent unit of the University of Massachusetts,” that promotes environmental sustainability and human rights through research. The index is based on 2007 EPA Toxics Release Inventory data. PERI's Toxic 100 index ranks the nation's largest companies based on the quantity of their emissions, relative toxicity of chemicals emitted, and proximity to population centers, among other criteria.

-- Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), 04/16/2008

Source URL: http://www.peri.umass.edu/Toxic-100-Index.430.0.html


In the Union of Concerned Scientists' annual ranking of major automakers according to their environmental impact for 2007, Nissan …

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In the Union of Concerned Scientists' annual ranking of major automakers according to their environmental impact for 2007, Nissan was in the middle of pack at number four. It was the second greenest car company in 2006, but dropped two places because it exploited "a loophole artificially inflates fuel economy ratings for dual-fuel (gasoline and ethanol) vehicles."

-- Union of Concerned Scientists, 04/03/2007

Source URL: www.ucsusa.org/clean_vehicles/vehicles_health/automaker-rankings-2007....


The European Federation for Transport and Environment examined the progress car brands made in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in…

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The European Federation for Transport and Environment examined the progress car brands made in cutting greenhouse gas emissions in a report entitled, “How Clean is Your Car Brand?” In 1998, members of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (Acea) pledged to reduce the average CO2 emissions for new cars to 0.43 pounds per mile within 10 years. According to the report, three-quarters of the 20 brands surveyed were not on track with CO2 reduction. Nissan made the least progress. As of thus far, the car company has only achieved 20 percent of the emissions target.

-- European Federation for Transport and Environment, 10/25/2006

Source URL: www.transportenvironment.org/docs/Publications/2006/2006-10_how_clean_...


The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions.…

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The state of California is seeking monetary compensation for the environmental damages caused by tailpipe emissions. The State’s Attorney General filed a lawsuit against General Motors, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Chrysler, and Nissan for damaging the state’s weather, economy, and public health. Attorney General Bill Lockyer, filing the suit, stated: “Vehicle emissions are the single most rapidly growing source of the carbon emissions contributing to global warming, yet the federal government and automakers have refused to act. It is time to hold these companies responsible for their contribution to this crisis.”

-- Green Consumer Guide, 09/22/2006

Source URL: www.greenconsumerguide.com/index.php?news=3272


In early 2005, Nissan, Honda and Toyota were among top auto makers initiating a lawsuit to block California laws aimed at cutting …

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In early 2005, Nissan, Honda and Toyota were among top auto makers initiating a lawsuit to block California laws aimed at cutting 30 percent of the state's greenhouse gases from new automobiles by 2016. Japanese environmental groups appealed to Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to pressure auto makers to drop the lawsuit.

-- Union of Concerned Scientists, 02/16/2005

Source URL: none available


In April 2004, U.S. regulators announced that Nissan was exempt from government fuel economy standards.…

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In April 2004, U.S. regulators announced that Nissan was exempt from government fuel economy standards. Nissan had asked the U.S. government in February 2004 for an exemption to the "two-fleet rule," which requires automakers to calculate the average fuel economy of their domestic- and foreign-made vehicles. Each fleet must meet the government's standard of 27.5 miles per gallon. Nissan was instead permitted to combine its domestic and foreign vehicles and then calculate the fuel economy. The company claimed the North American Free Trade Agreement was the reason for exemption: under NAFTA, vehicles made after 2005 will be classified as "domestic" if at least 75 percent of their parts or labor originate in the United States, Mexico or Canada.

-- Japan Times, 04/22/2004

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Nissan is spending $20 million to clean up contaminated soil in Ogikubo, Japan.…

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Nissan is spending $20 million to clean up contaminated soil in Ogikubo, Japan. The company allegedly knew as far back as 1994 that the degreasing agent trichloroethylene had been leaking into the soil for decades, and was aware that the levels of the chemical were up to 16,000 times what is officially safe. In addition, Nissan didn't go public with the news until September 2000, over a year after informing city authorities.

-- Business Week, 01/08/2001

Source URL: none available


Ethics and Governance

Nissan North America scored only 50 on the 2008 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on p…

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Nissan North America scored only 50 on the 2008 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index which rates large corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The HRC Corporate Equality Index rates companies on a scale of 0 percent to 100 percent on seven factors. Nissan had improved from 15 percent in the previous edition of the Corporate Equality Index, but industry rivals Toyota, GM, DaimlerChrysler and Ford all scored 100 percent.

-- Human Rights Campaign, 09/17/2007

Source URL: www.hrc.org/issues/ceihome.asp


Nissan received a "D+" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report.…

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Nissan received a "D+" grade on the 2007 NAACP Economic Reciprocity Initiative report. The grade reflects a measurement of corporate America's commitment to the African American citizenry and other people of color. Companies were surveyed for their activity in employment, vendor development and contracting, advertising and marketing, dealerships and philanthropy.

-- NAACP, 07/15/2007

Source URL: www.naacp.org/advocacy/economic/eri_2007/auto.pdf


In March 2004, the New Jersey state attorney general and state consumer regulators filed a lawsuit against Nissan North America cl…

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In March 2004, the New Jersey state attorney general and state consumer regulators filed a lawsuit against Nissan North America claiming that the automaker knew its xenon headlights were often stolen because they could fetch up to $250 when resold and could be removed easily.

-- New York Times, 03/08/2004

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Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. (NMAC), the financing arm of Nissan, settled a class-action discrimination lawsuit accusing the comp…

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Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. (NMAC), the financing arm of Nissan, settled a class-action discrimination lawsuit accusing the company of charging higher interest rates on car loans to non-whites. Approximately 125,000 plaintiffs represented in the case claimed that NMAC charged them higher interest rates than their white counterparts with comparable credit scores. Under the settlement NMAC would pay between $5,000 to $20,000 to each plaintiff, plus a contribution of $1 million to consumer agency America Saves.

-- Associated Press, 02/20/2003

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In September 2002, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and DongFeng Motor Corporation signed a comprehensive strategic partnership in China.…

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In September 2002, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and DongFeng Motor Corporation signed a comprehensive strategic partnership in China. Negotiations between the two companies persisted for over a year, as Dongfeng, established by the Chinese government in 1969, demanded that some company positions be set aside for members of the Communist Party. One of the eight Dongfeng directors, also the senior vice president on the management committee, was party secretary-the top-ranking Communist Party official in the company. Among traditional communist practices, Donfeng was reportedly running its own hospitals, schools, dormitories and TV stations. Nissan was dissatisfied with the party's involvement, but relented when the Chinese company argued that including the party "could grease the wheels with the government down the road."

-- JCN Newswire, 09/19/2002

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Health and Safety

Nissan admitted to having asbestos in its vehicles up until 1999, despite declaring in 1996 that it had halted the use of asbestos…

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Nissan admitted to having asbestos in its vehicles up until 1999, despite declaring in 1996 that it had halted the use of asbestos in its products.

-- Kyodo News, 10/12/2005

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In October 2003, Nissan said it would recall 2.56 million vehicles worldwide, due to defective engine sensors.…

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In October 2003, Nissan said it would recall 2.56 million vehicles worldwide, due to defective engine sensors. In a report presented to the Japanese government, Nissan said the engines could fail to start or could come to a halt while running because ineffective soldering in crank-angle and cam-angle sensors could be deformed by heat from the engines and cause short circuits.

-- Japan Times, 10/31/2003

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