PARIS, France —— Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s senior vice president for Design and chief creative officer Shiro Nakamura was declared the winner of the “Grand Prix du Design” at a gala dinner on the evening of 27 January 2015 to open the prestigious International Automobile Festival in Paris.
Shiro Nakamura received the honour in recognition of his illustrious career in automotive design that has spanned four decades.
“I am very grateful to the jury for selecting me for this prestigious honour, but really this award should be given to my entire global design team,” said Nakamura. “I feel I am receiving it on their behalf. I am very proud of my team and their achievements, which reflects their dedication and passion for outstanding automotive design.”
The Grand Prix du Design was bestowed upon Shiro Nakamura by a jury comprised of leading lights from the worlds of French media, commerce and design.
As senior vice president of Design and chief creative officer for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Shiro Nakamura’s responsibilities include the design of all vehicles under the Nissan brand – plus those of Infiniti and Datsun, the company’s accessible vehicles brand. The award ceremony took place at the iconic Hotel des Invalides in Paris where Nissan displayed its IDx Freeflow concept car, which has been nominated in the category for Most Beautiful Car of the Year, and Infiniti’s Q80 Inspiration concept car.
About Nissan in Europe
Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 17,600 staff across locally based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last financial year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 675,000 vehicles including award-winning crossovers, small cars, SUVs, commercial vehicles and electric vehicles, including the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular electric vehicle with 96% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers a strong line-up of 23 diverse and innovative models in Europe under the Nissan and Datsun brands.
About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with more than 244,500 employees globally, Nissan sold almost 5.2 million vehicles and generated revenue of 10.5 trillion yen (USD 105 billion) in fiscal 2013. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the first mass market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the best-selling EV in history with almost 50 percent share of the zero-emission vehicle segment.
[Source : Nissan]