Nissan design chief retires

Nissan design chief retires

Shiro Nakamura hangs up his pen after 17 years at Nissan…

The man who designed, or who oversaw the design of, a number of popular Nissan models has retired and the Nissan/Infiniti brands now welcome a new chief designer – from BMW.

66-year-old Shiro Nakamura was at Nissan for 17 years and was responsible for models such as the Nissan Murano and current Nissan GT-R.

His decision to step aside has triggered a design focus reshuffle at Nissan, the latest changes for the manufacturer following the recent purchase of Mitsubishi and the formation of a new commercial vehicle division with partners Renault.

Nissan telling us the changes in the design team will see a new generation of stylists come on board, all with fresh ideas.

One of the new members of the Nissan design team is the former head of design at BMW – Karim Habib.

Habib, who designed the BMW X1 and X2 Concept, has been named global design chief for Infiniti and Infiniti President, Roland Krueger, says that’s a big achievement for the luxury brand.

“Karim has an impressive track record in automotive design,”

“He brings unique design skills that will accelerate Infiniti’s progress toward the goal of capturing and expanding our share in the global luxury market.”

While Alfonso Albaisa, currently the head of Infiniti design, has been promoted to senior vice president of global design for all of Nissan Motor Co.

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