YOKOHAMA, Japan -- Nissan Motor Co. has left its corporate digs in Tokyo and moved into a new high-tech global headquarters in Yokohama, where the carmaker was founded in 1933.
The 22-story, glass high-rise will accommodate 2,800 employees and a 4,000 square-meter gallery with space to showcase 30 vehicles. It will house Nissans finance, sales and marketing, product planning, corporate planning and light commercial vehicles units.
We celebrate today the start of a new chapter of our companys life, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the buildings opening ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2. Nissan unveiled the companys new Leaf electric vehicle the same day.
Nissans headquarters was in Tokyos downtown Ginza district for 41 years.
Its relocation to Yokohama, just south of the Japanese capital, brings management closer to its hub of facilities in Kanagawa prefecture. Kanagawa also hosts Nissans global r&d center, its design studio, a proving ground, a product engineering center and several factories.
The new building features several environmentally friendly architectural technologies, including a center atrium that channels natural light to all floors, a rain and wastewater recycling system, and external louvers that automatically close and open to regulate interior temperatures.