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July 15, 2024
Nissan’s Yokohama Plant Achieves a Milestone: Producing Its 40-Millionth Engine in Its 90th Anniversary Year

Nissan’s Yokohama Plant has reached a remarkable milestone, manufacturing its 40-millionth engine this year, coinciding with the automaker’s 90th anniversary celebration. Since its inception in 1935, the factory has been responsible for producing pioneering engines that have shaped the automotive industry.

The Yokohama Plant marked a significant achievement in 1979 by introducing the L20ET, Japan’s first turbocharged engine for a passenger car, powering iconic models like the Fairlady Z. In 1983, the factory proudly rolled out Japan’s first mass-produced V6 engine, further solidifying Nissan’s reputation for innovation. In 2007, employees began crafting the cutting-edge VC Turbo engines, featuring variable compression ratio technology.

The journey to 40 million engines was a testament to the factory’s dedication and progress. The first 10 million engines were produced in 1976, followed by another 10 million just a decade later, reaching the 30-millionth milestone in 1997.

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Today, the Yokohama Plant continues its legacy by assembling Nissan’s VR38DETT engine for the GT-R. The 2024 model year introduced an updated version of this twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V6, generating 565 horsepower in the standard model. The GT-R Nismo offers even more power, boasting 600 hp and a range of enhancements, including carbon fiber components and improved brakes.

While the VR38DETT engine remains a powerhouse, Nissan has its sights firmly set on the future of electrification. The Yokohama Plant started building electric motors in 2010 with the launch of the Nissan Leaf, pioneering electric mobility. Despite rumors of the Leaf’s discontinuation, Nissan continues to lead the electric vehicle (EV) market, with models like the Ariya in production and under development.

In line with its commitment to electrification, Nissan recently updated its electrification plan, aiming to introduce an extensive lineup of electrified and fully electric vehicles by 2030. By the end of the decade, Nissan plans to offer 19 new EVs and 27 electrified models in its lineup.

The Yokohama Plant is poised for an even more electrified future, as it plans to open a pilot line for solid-state battery development from next year. The goal is to commence mass production of these advanced batteries by mid-2028, with potential applications in models from Renault and Mitsubishi as part of the alliance’s strategy to develop 35 new EVs together.

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To optimize efficiency and innovation, 90% of the new models will share five common platforms catering to different market segments. The first glimpses of this endeavor will be seen next year with the launch of the Nissan Micra replacement, with the platform also serving as the foundation for the Renault R5. Nissan’s Yokohama Plant continues to be at the forefront of the automotive industry, driving technological advancements and shaping the future of mobility.

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