Nissan is proud to announce its Yokohama Plant produced its 40 millionth engine in June.
The Yokohama Plant commenced operations in 1935, two years after Nissan’s founding. It built its 10 millionth engine in 1976, its 20 millionth in 1986 and its 30 millionth in 1997. Reaching the 40 million milestone in the same year Nissan celebrates its 90th anniversary makes this achievement all the more special.
Tamiyo Wada, plant manager of the Yokohama Plant says, “We were able to reach the 40 million milestone thanks to so many customers around the world embracing our cars.”
A number of engines made by the Yokohama Plant have left their mark in automotive history. These include the 1979 L20ET, which was Japan’s first turbocharged passenger-car engine, and the 1983 VG, the country’s first mass- produced V6 engine. The Yokohama Plant now makes the VR38DETT engine, which is hand-assembled by skilled takumi master craftspeople for the Nissan GT-R. Since 2017 it has produced the VC Turbo — the world’s first mass-produced engine featuring variable compression ratio technology.
“The world’s first mass-produced VC Turbo engine achieves both high environmental performance and unparalleled power by adjusting the compression ratio,” says Wada.
As society changes, so does the Yokohama Plant. Since the launch of the all-electric LEAF in 2010, the plant has been also producing motors, including those for e-POWER vehicles such as the Nissan Note. In fiscal year 2022, motors accounted for approximately 40% of Yokohama Plant’s production.
As the Yokohama Plant approaches its 90th anniversary, it continues to play a leading role in the development of Nissan’s cutting-edge production technology. In addition to producing motors and engines, it also serves as a pilot plant for the development of powertrain production technology that will have global applications.
Next year, a pilot line will be established in the plant to develop all-solid-state batteries.
Wada says, “Going forward, the Yokohama Plant will continue to provide high quality innovative technologies and services to our customers.”