The new department will be housed within Autech, the company's vehicle conversion business, with talent drawn from Nissan, Autech, and Nissan Motorsports.
Nissan hopes this new structure will enable it to "plan and develop more appealing products in a shorter time", as well as "expand the range of Nismo road cars to new segments, [and] market them more globally".
At present, around 15,000 Nismo-branded cars are sold annually across the world.
The only Nismo model currently available in Australia is the GT-R Nismo. Featuring a more powerful 441kW/652Nm version of the 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6, the GT-R Nismo is sold through a handful of dealers.
In North America, there are also Nismo variants of the Juke and Sentra, the American version of the Pulsar. Both of these cars feature lowered suspension, grippier seats and more aggressive styling, but no extra power.