That's up a hefty $301.8 million from a year earlier on strong sales in the U.S. and China, the company's main markets, and a weaker yen than a year earlier, which makes export sales more profitable.
The period was the third quarter of the Japan fiscal year, which ends March 31.
Nissan's results make it the least-profitable of Japan's three top car companies,
Nissan said net income for the nine-month period that ended Dec. 31 was $2.76 billion on revenue of $79.8 billion.
The strong increases were typical of Japan's big names, all benefiting from a weaker yen, and from increasing sales in key markets such as the U.S. and China.
Toyota Motor said Feb. 4 in Japan that its quarterly net was about $5.2 billion, more than five times the year-ago figure.
Honda Motor said in January that its third quarter net more than doubled, to $1.53 billion.