Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., usually shortened to Nissan, is a Japanese multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Nishi-ku, Yokohama.
A veteran of Ford and Lincoln, David Woodhouse has been VP of design at Nissan Design America since 2019. Woodhouse joins Car Design News’ Laura Burstein to discuss working in California and offers insight into the workings of the studio
2021-11-30T17:48:00+00:00By Michael Nash
Nissan has launched four concepts based on the company’s CMF-EV platform that was first used by the Ariya, but they are very different in approach, shape and desired applications
2021-06-08T14:25:00+01:00By James McLachlan
A giant of car design, Shiro Nakamura, through his work with Nissan, helped forge a Japanese design identity with models like the Cube and the GTR. Car Design News spoke to him about his new studios, his early successes and how form is distilled through concepts
2021-04-14T15:12:00+01:00By Michael Nash
Shinichiro Irie unpicks Nissan’s sports car heritage, ‘Z-ness’, and provides detail on the Z Proto
2020-09-16T14:20:00+01:00By Maxine Morland
Many people have been waiting a long time for the new Z car, and last night’s online reveal of the Z Proto (a near production concept) gives a good idea of what the new Z will be. Nissan hasn’t strayed too far from Z’s heritage, which will delight a lot of people, and the updates blend old and new neatly in a startling yellow package.
2020-05-20T13:17:00+01:00By Car Design News
It missed its Geneva 2020 launch because of the cancellation, but Nissan and ItalDesign have now done a virtual launch. The prototype we saw at Goodwood last year is now being built for customers. ItalDesign and Nissan seem to have had a lot of fun on this project
2020-03-31T15:37:00+01:00By Michael Gooderham
Matthew Weaver, already the design director of Nissan Design Europe, is being promoted to the role of vice president within the Japanese OEM’s London-based studio, in step with Nissan lifer Mamoru Aoki stepping down to retire after 39 years with the company
2019-10-21T15:43:00+01:00By Car Design News
From the Car Design Review 6 yearbook: Satoru Tai, Nissan executive design director and VP of Creative Box, talks Car Design News through his inspirations, the state of play with Nissan design, and the advantage of more diverse employee backgrounds
2019-10-02T09:47:00+01:00By Michael Gooderham
Nissan and Suzuki have repeased initial images of their Tokyo motor show debutants in the compact car space. The Nissan IMk is a subcompact electric car with a stress-relieving interior, while Suzuki will display five different concept cars: an autonomous cottage, a retro kei two-seater, a pair of crossover kei vans and a baby-friendly kei minivan
2019-09-03T19:30:00+01:00By Guy Bird
Nissan’s long-awaited second-generation Juke was previewed across five European cities yesterday (Monday Sept 2) so Car Design News popped along to the London event – where the car’s design was born – to chat to Nissan Design Europe’s design director Matt Weaver about the evolution of this B-segment small crossover
2019-06-17T15:31:00+01:00By Guy Bird
Nissan’s new Shanghai studio demonstrates scale of ambition in China
Alfonso Albaisa explains the decision to open a new Nissan design studio in the heart of Shanghai, the studio opens officially next week
2019-03-05T12:52:00+00:00By Maxine Morland
Nissan’s IMQ concept previews the future of crossovers in Europe
2019-03-05T12:34:00+00:00By Maxine Morland
Alfonso Albaisa spoke to CDN at Geneva 2019 about portfolio renewal at Nissan
2019-01-21T13:17:00+00:00By Car Design News
A full walkaround of an intriguing concept, with its design explained in depth
2019-01-15T16:34:00+00:00By Lem Bingley
The IMs’s lead designer tells us the thinking behind this high-riding electric sedan
2018-08-15T15:15:56+01:00By Michael Gooderham
‘Godzilla’ may be better known for its giant-slaying performance, but one design feature has stood the test of time
2018-07-24T10:49:00+01:00By Chris Maillard
John Sahs takes over in Latin America
2018-06-29T18:01:00+01:00By Michael Gooderham
“How often do you get to ask, ‘What if we created a GT-R without limits,’ and then actually get to build it?” said Alfonso Albaisa, Nissan’s senior vice president for global design. “This is a rare window in time when two big moments intersect: 50 years of Italdesign shaping the automotive world and 50 years of Nissan generating excitement through our iconic GT-R.”
2018-04-18T17:02:43+01:00By Maxine Morland
In a piece from our latest yearbook, we hear from Nissan Motor’s global vice president of design
2018-03-28T16:32:00+01:00By Chris Maillard
Mid-sized mid-market mainstay gets an edgier update
2018-01-19T19:49:51+00:00By Michael Gooderham
Mamoru Aoki names his top 15 designs from the London studio
2018-01-17T17:45:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi
We catch up on the Nissan and Infiniti design identities, Japanese heritage, and global ways of working
2018-01-15T19:14:00+00:00By Farah Alkhalisi
USA-designed, with Japanese themes
2018-01-11T05:20:00+00:00By Joe Simpson
Getting our brains analysed while driving
2017-08-11T08:45:46+01:00By Car Design News
From the yearbook: we chat to Nissan's executive design director about where they go next. Electric GT-R, anyone?
2017-08-02T10:44:00+01:00By Lem Bingley
It’s bigger and much better looking than the outgoing car, but is the fifth-generation Nissan Micra a hit or a miss inside?
2017-04-03T07:50:50+01:00By Chris Maillard
A quick video view of the concept inside and out
2017-03-14T09:47:14+00:00By Chris Maillard
Industry legend to step down in March, ex-BMW man joins
2017-03-10T09:21:51+00:00By Lem Bingley
CDN talks to Shiro Nakamura about Nissan design and why European design can look a little too serious
2017-01-16T11:05:14+00:00By Bill Barranco
A striking concept from Nissan's US design team
2016-11-17T01:36:02+00:00By Joe Simpson
How to draw show-goers to your stand when you've got no new product
2016-09-30T11:24:22+01:00By Tom Phillips
Different takes on the small-car format, with varying degrees of success
2016-09-07T17:21:06+01:00By Tom Phillips
370Z and Titan truck designer joins EV carmaker
2016-08-04T17:18:16+01:00By Farah Alkhalisi
The DeltaWing-inspired sports car progresses towards production
2016-06-10T16:54:00+01:00By Karl Smith
The issue of the automobile in the megacity of tomorrow has been on automakers’ agenda for the last decade now. Plenty of questions are still being debated – What will power this car? Will it be autonomous? What will its architecture need to be? And what will an urban design language look like?
2016-05-04T11:31:41+01:00By Tom Phillips
Conservative crossover hopefully hints at a suitably controversial Juke sidekick
2016-03-16T16:48:00+00:00By Karl Smith
Architects propose that the fuel station of the future is no station at all
2016-03-01T13:58:11+00:00By Tom Phillips
Nissan's 'premium' concept has us reaching for the dictionary
2016-01-11T19:54:33+00:00By Tom Phillips
XD's Raptor-style makeover helps balance out the standard truck
2015-10-29T06:58:10+00:00By Alex Orwin
Driverless vision shows Mercedes how it’s done
2015-10-28T05:54:45+00:00By Owen Ready
Creative Box explores new forms of interaction, hints at in-house Kei car design
2015-10-06T12:34:58+01:00By Tom Phillips
Tokyo debut for concept designed for drivers born in the 21st century
2015-09-16T17:39:08+01:00By Tom Phillips
History repeats itself on this intriguing concept
Nissan's Forum concept is a new take on the family hauler. Laden with innovative details, the show car pushes forward with a new design aesthetic and luxurious appointments not typically found on MPVs.
The Amenio gives an idea of what the next generation Nissan Elegrand (a large MPV sold only in Japan) will be like, which is interesting to compare to the similarly sized Toyota Estima production preview concept also showing at Tokyo.
Nissan seems to be serious about the potential of co-branding opportunities; two years ago they showed the Conran Cube and this year they are showing the Note Adidas concept car.
The Pivo is classic Tokyo Motor Show: conceptually and aesthetically extreme; clever and yet fun; packed full of technical innovations.
The Foria is an elegant coupe that showcases Nissan's forthcoming small front-mid engine rear wheel drive platform that enables the car to have a long hood and upright screen.
Four years ago at Tokyo the GT-R concept car was shown, and this year the remarkably similar GT-R Proto debuts.
The seventh generation of Nissan's flagship Maxima sedan revives the four-door sports car (4DSC) moniker coined by the company nearly two decades ago.
This is probably the most significant production debut here at Paris Show.
The Nissan Urge is a small three-seat sports car based on a truncated 350Z. Inspired by motorcycles, it uses materials in new ways for youth appeal and a fun driving experience.
As part of developing a new family of global cars over the next two years, Nissan have showcased the Geniss, the first Nissan car ever to have its world release in China. The Geniss concept is a 'luxurious, yet practical' vehicle, and was developed at the Nissan Technical Center in ...
2015-08-25T11:45:00+01:00By Tom Phillips
'Fuel Station of the Future' concept to explore how zero-emissions infrastructure will influence design
This is the first car presented by Laurens van den Acker, since he took over from Moray Callum in May this year as General Manager of the Design Division at Mazda.
The Rogue is a lightly-disguised version of the new Qashqai that has recently gone on sale in European markets.
This is an interesting counterpoint to the Ford Airstream concept, also shown at Detroit this week. The two cars have a lot of similarities in that they both explore asymmetry, they reference 1970's avant-garde, both use deeply recessed side windows and have open-plan interiors. Other Ford links continue: the front ...
According to Nissan, the original X-Trail has been something of a surprise hit. When it was launched six years ago, the company expected sales across Europe to average 23,000 units a year.
At first glance the Nuvu seems to be a Tokyo show car that got on the wrong boat: it is a small whimsical concept that looks set to go on to have no impact in any production design Nissan.
The 370Z is the most exciting new production design to debut at the LA Auto Show, although it actually debuted on October 29 in the latest Need for Speed driving game - a world first for a production car design.
The Mixim has compact electric motors powering both axles which helps it adopt the unconventional package of central driving position flanked by two passengers set slightly rearward - similar to the BMW Z13 of 1994 and McLaren F1 except for there also being a small rear seat behind the driver.
The NV200 concept shows a possible design direction for a future global Nissan van.
The GT-R has long been an iconic car in Japan and its appeal has spread, largely as a result of starring in Sony's Playstation 'Gran Turismo' games and movies such as '2 Fast 2 Furious'.
The exterior of the Round Box concept follows the current Japanese trend for concept cars featuring a predominantly square base section, with wheels pushed to the extreme corners and a more rounded upper body and cabin.
By far the most provocative and advanced of the four concepts shown here by Nissan, the Pivo 2 is a more globular version of the Pivo shown here two years ago.
Nissan's Qazana concept is a design study that showcases ideas for a future small crossover from the Japanese firm.
This is the second-generation Murano, one of the most important show debuts at LA.
The Tokyo show wouldn't normally be pertinent to the Infiniti brand - as it doesn't sell in Japan - but the new Nissan Fuga did inadvertently become the first full-car preview of the next Infiniti M due next year, as it is a straight re-badge of its upmarket sister model.
Another boxcar launch at Tokyo - this time a production model - was the skinny, tall and spacious four-seater Nissan Roox.
The Nissan Leaf is probably the most significant car of the Tokyo Motor Show.
The Nissan Land Glider is the latest in a recent flurry of tandem-style concept cars that propose a one-plus-one seating arrangement - think Renault Twizy and VW L1 - where a single passenger sits behind the driver in a narrow-bodied and low-slung vehicle.
Radically styled it may be, but plans for Nissan's new Juke small crossover are far from niche-only: the Japanese brand plans to sell about 20,000 Jukes in a full year with 80 percent conquest sales.
The German brands are the godfathers of the micro-niche.
The Japanese triumvirate of minivans (Toyota Sienna, Honda Odyssey, Nissan Quest) shown in LA all follow a similar format — seven or eight full seats and sliding rear doors — but the consensus of opinion is that the Nissan is the weakest of the three.
The Nissan Ellure is arguably the most significant car unveiled at this year's LA auto show. A D-segment sedan, the project has seen input from Nissan's studios in both Japan and North America, where the concept was completed.
2015-07-07T09:40:34+01:00By Jon Winding-Sorensen
Jul 29, 2003 – Some companies have shown the first photos of cars to be presented at the upcoming Frankfurt motor Show, like Opel with the Astra or Volkswagen, with the coming Golf.
January 25, 2002 - Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO, Nissan Motor Company and Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Head of Design, this week officially opened the new Nissan design studio in London.
July 2, 2002 - The winners of the 2002 Nissan Vehicle Design Competition were announced by Shiro Nakamura, Head of Design at Nissan Motor Company, at a presentation at the Royal College of Art in London on 1 March 2002.
2015-07-01T13:29:09+01:00By Sam Livingstone
October 16, 2002 - The dictionary definition of Beeline is: "the most direct route between two places".
Mar 3, 2002 - Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President and Head of Design at Nissan Motor Company, has announced plans to establish a new design centre in London, at a press conference held at the Royal College of Art in London.
2015-06-20T17:09:02+01:00By Giancarlo Perini
Aug 8, 2001 - Nissan has big plans for the Frankfurt Motor Show, and even bigger plans for the subsequent motor show in Tokyo.
The new-generation Primera Sedan and Wagon were released recently in Japan.
Sep 15, 2000 - The first all-new Nissan design concept this century, the Nissan Fusion concept car will make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Nissan and British design group Conran have unveiled 'Plus Conran' limited versions of the Cube, March (Micra) and Lafesta minivan for the Japanese market. The series follows Nissan's 'Modern Living Concept', which stresses advanced design values in cabins, first introduced with the Teana in 2003, and seen in the the ...
Nissan has announced it will release a new family of global cars over the next two years with sales of the first variant to start in China in 2006. The Livina Geniss, the name of the Chinese variant, will be the first Nissan car to be released in China ahead ...
2015-05-09T11:50:00+01:00By Owen Ready
The curvy two-seater Nissan Jikoo was shown at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show
Nissan Motor Co. has announced the domestic Japanese launch of the new generation Cube, which will be displayed at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show (Commercial Vehicles).
Feb 25, 2001 - According to Nissan, the Chappo concept isn’t designed from the outside in, but rather from the inside out.
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