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Major Management Changes Coming at Nissan

Nakamura retires, Albaisa gets promoted, BMW’s Habib to take on Infiniti styling.

by on Mar.14, 2017

Nissan's Shiro Nakamura helped build the maker's reputation for strong designs.

More big managements changes are in the works at Nissan Motors Corp., barely three weeks after Carlos Ghosn relinquished his title as CEO of the Japanese automaker.

The latest wave impacts Nissan at a variety of senior levels, both at its headquarters in Japan and in the critical U.S. market. That starts with the announcement that Shiro Nakamura, the well-respected Nissan Chief Creative Officer, will be retiring. He will be replaced be Alfonso Albaisa, who had been overseeing design at the maker’s Infiniti division. In turn, Albaisa will be replaced by former BMW Design director Karim Habib.

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Still other major management shifts come as Nissan moves to cement its control over Mitsubishi, the long-troubled Japanese automaker that was rescued by a Nissan bailout late last year. Four more Nissan executives will move over to the smaller maker starting in April.

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Infiniti Inspiration QX Sport Concept Sets Stage for Upcoming QX70 Makeover

Inspiring a new look for the sporty SUV.

by on Apr.26, 2016

The Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept is a wee bit smaller than the QX70 it's expected to replace.

Officially, it’s just a concept car, but one doesn’t have to work hard to imagine that the new Infiniti Inspiration QX Sport Concept is little more than a thinly disguised version of the next-generation QX70.

True, there are a few of the classic concept details, like the undersized mirrors and oversized tires. But the grille features the latest Infiniti touches, as do the LED headlamps and vertical air scoops. So, too, the “floating” roof, supported by blacked-out B and C-pillars.

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“The QX Sport Inspiration is a statement of intent from Infiniti, showcasing a daring design philosophy and a demonstration of our capabilities in the mid-size SUV segment, said Infiniti President Roland Krueger.

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Infiniti Inspired with New Midsize SUV Concept

QX Sport Inspiration Concept set for Beijing debut.

by on Apr.15, 2016

A hint of what's to come: the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept will likely replace the QX70.

Now that it has its naming structure down pat, Infiniti has been working on filling up its line-up with an assortment of new cars, trucks and crossovers, and the next big entry into the family is scheduled to take a bow at the Beijing Motor Show later month.

While it isn’t much in the way of details, this teaser image of the Infiniti QX Sport Inspiration Concept gives us a good idea of what will follow in the form of a replacement for the Japanese luxury brand’s current QX70 model.

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“The QX Sport Inspiration expresses a power and purpose that is uniquely Infiniti,” said Infiniti executive design director Alfonso Albaisa. “With a flowing, natural aesthetic, this concept demonstrates how Infiniti can offer something new and exciting with future QX SUV models.”

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