If you've ever been in the market for a Nissan, you've likely noticed that Nissan Canada can be found at www.nissan.ca but the American site is tucked away at www.nissanusa.com. Why doesn't Nissan own www.nissan.com?.
That's kind of a neat story, but before I share it, click on over to www.nissan.com. Go ahead, I'll wait.
As you saw, it's an awfully dated site, and obviously not at all affiliated with the car folks. It's safe to say the car Nissan peeps cringe every time someone visits nissan.com.
It seems a chap named Uzi Nissan started a company called "Nissan Foreign Car" in 1980, when the other Nissan was known as Datsun. He picked up nissan.com in 1994 and five years later legal action was instituted by Nissan Motor seeking the domain name and $10,000,000 in damages.
The whole story is here, but it seems the little guy is winning this battle. Nissan.com remains dated and horrible and in the hands of Uzi Nissan, its rightful owner.
Somewhere, the president of Nissan Motor continues to cringe.