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A brief history of Nissan

Matt Hands

Headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, Nissan Motor Corporation is one of the leading automobile manufacturers worldwide – here’s how it began. 

In 1911, Masujiro Hashimoto founded Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works to begin the production of automobiles in Tokyo. 

Three years later, the company produced its first vehicle, the DAT, named after its three investors (Den, Aoyama, and Takeuchi). 

Then, in 1925 Kwaishinsha Motor Car Works merged with Jitsuyo Jidosha Company, an Osaka-based manufacturer of small trucks and car parts, to become DAT Jidosha Seizo Company. In 1933, the company was moved to Yokohama and renamed once again to only Jidosha-Seizo Company.

Apart from that, Japanese businessman and politician, Yoshisuke Aikawa, founded Nihon Sangyo, a holding company of several foundries and car part businesses in 1928. When the firm went public on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, it was abbreviated, and became the origin of its current name, Nissan. 

Although Nihon Sangyo (Ni-San) had relations with auto parts, it wasn’t until 1933 when it entered the car manufacturing industry by taking control of Jidosha-Seizo and merging it with Tobata Casting, another company under Nissan. The following year, Tobata Casting expanded and incorporated into its own subsidiary as Nissan Motor Corporation. 

In early, 1965, the manufacturer’s vehicles arrived in Canada, under the name Datsun, Nissan’s export brand. Within the first year of full entry, an impressive 84 dealers opened across the country. One of its early models, the Datsun 510 appeared in 1968, and by 1971, Datsun became the top-selling import brand nationally. 

Today, popular Nissan models include the Rogue, Altima, and Sentra as well as its electric car model, the Leaf. In 2021 alone, the company has already sold over 78,000 vehicles to Canadians under its Nissan and Infiniti brands.

Mandatory insurance for Nissan vehicles

Third-party liability


Accident benefits


Direct compensation property damage (DCPD)


Uninsured motorist


Optional Nissan car insurance coverage

Collision insurance


Comprehensive insurance


All perils


Specified perils


Nissan insurance endorsements

Suspension of coverage (endorsement 16)


Reinstatement of coverage (endorsement 17)


Loss of use (endorsement 20)


Legal liability for damage to non-owned vehicles (endorsement 27)


Accident forgiveness (endorsement 39)


Replacement cost insurance (endorsement 43)


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Nissan car insurance rates by model

The following car insurance rates are calculated using Ratehub’s car insurance calculator, taking the average of the three lowest premiums offered for five popular Nissan models. 

Methodology: Each table below outlines monthly and annual rates for a 35-year-old male driver, living in Toronto, Ontario with a clean driving record. The policy includes $1,000,000 in third-party liability coverage and a $1000 deductible each for collision insurance and comprehensive insurance

Keep in mind that insurance companies offer premiums on a case-to-case basis, depending on the driver’s demographics and driving habits. To find the exact price you’ll be paying to insure your Nissan, be sure to compare auto insurance quotes with us.

Model (S 4DR)

Average monthly rate

Average annual rate

2021 Sentra (2.0)

$141

$1,695

2020 Sentra (2.0)

$138

$1,659

2019 Sentra (1.8)

$167

$2,004

2018 Sentra (1.8)

$167

$2,007

2017 Sentra (1.8)

$171

$2,048

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How to get cheap Nissan insurance

  1. Compare the market

    Auto insurance rates vary greatly between companies – you need to research which insurer will offer the best coverage specific to you.

  2. Bundle your policies

    You may get discounts if you bundle insurance plans together, for example, by having your auto and home insurance bundled together with the same auto insurance carrier.

  3. Increase your deductible

    The deductible is what you pay when something happens to your Nissan, before the insurance company pays the rest. Increasing your deductible can lower your annual premiums – just make sure you can afford it.

  4. Ask about discounts

    Many insurers offer discounts to members of professional organizations or affiliation groups – so it pays to ask about discount relationships.

  1. Take a course

    Accredited driving courses will not only make you a safer driver, but can also result in discounts from many insurance companies.

  2. Maintain a good driving record

    At-fault collisions and driving convictions stay on your insurance record for years and make your rates go way up – if you drive safely, you’ll pay the lowest rates.

  3. Track your driving

    With usage-based insurance (UBI) you can earn discounts for driving well. Tracking your own driving online, you can earn discounts by not driving far or often, and on advanced stats like how carefully you brake.

  4. Pay upfront

    If you pay your premiums up front for the year – or even per half-year – you will usually end up paying less than if you paid monthly.

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Matt Hands, Business Director of Insurance

Matt started his professional career at CARPROOF where he honed his marketing and analytical skills for over 3 years. Matt then took his wealth of experience to Ratehub.ca’s Toronto offices, working with insurance providers, agents, and brokers to grow and expand the Insurance business unit. He is a thought leader in the community and a valuable insurance resource to respected publications like the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Huffington Post, Yahoo News, and 680 news radio in Toronto.

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