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    Mr. Nakamura you will truly be missed

    http://www.autonews.com/article/2017...-is-reshuffled

    It wasnt clear if he was responsible for G35 and G37 coupes but he was there to oversee their designs and launch but it is mentioned he was responsible for designs like the iconic FX and Murano 1st and 3rd gen. Main point is that at the least he amplified Nissan's inner design expression and introduced car designs the world had never seen which stayed true to Nissan's way of not following the crowd. It also forced the other Japanese automakers (toyota and honda), alwyas known to be boring, to release expressive design (honda especially is still learning).
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    Frankly, I'm not sorry to see him go. Ive not been a fan of recent Infiniti and Nissan design. In my opinion, they've followed Lexus in being a little too crazy in the interest of being daring and different. As one of the posters said, Nakamura didn't subscribe to the concept of form follows function, since many of the forms he applied had no function.

    I have no real issue with the styling of the Altima and Sentra, but the Maxima and Murano are a little over the top in terms of swooping lines and bulges. I was excited about the Maxima when it first began to appear, but in person it is a styling mess, with conflicting elements and puzzling lines. The Murano looks like it wants to be a spaceship but can't quite get off the ground. Infiniti led the way with the "motion" concept of waves and long swooping lines, but I think they used it a little more successfully.

    I imagine designing cars is a little like designing shoes ... after a while, there's just nothing new left to do, so you just go a little nuts and try anything to see if it works.

    In the end, though, styling is subjective, so for every one like me there's probably one or more who really love the styling direction he took.
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    Well if you liked the Sports Sedan Concept but didnt find the production Maxima as impressive it can only mean one thing... the engineers, bean counters and government regulators got their hands on it. You cant blame Nakamura for that. Point is he didnt make any middle of the road forgettable cars, they are unique and never been done before for the most part.

    And Albaisa is the one who has lead design of Infiniti's newest models, outside the side profile of QX30 I'm not really feeling Infiniti's design direction. I'm not fond of the bulbous, bubbly, curvy designs. I dont mind the C-pillar crescent though, which at least sets the brand apart from others. Round curves was overdone in the 90's when the Ford Taurus took it way too far, I do appreciate cars like J30 but bubbly cars had their time and it's too soon to bring it back imo. I guess Nissan and Infiniti have to be "opposite spectrum distinct" less the critics call them re-badges (funny how no one mentions toyota and lexus grills are looking more the same every redesign).

    I like the design direction Nissan brand is going towards, sharp and edgy, V-motion 2.0 takes it to another level and it looks fantastic. Say what you will about Nakamura but according to the poll I made sometime ago his designs are what saved Nissan for the most part. The current Murano is the only car I can think of that looks better than the concept. If he had anything to do with the G35 and G37 coupes then he has done enough with those two alone.
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    I definitely respect him as a car designer. The man had my dream job! So for me its a little sad to see him leave, but it is about time for him to retire. I think as a designer, even outside of Nissan he is responsible for a lot trends in automotive styling. The one that comes to mind is the first gen Murano's kicked up rear window line that is now used on so many SUVs. The FX started the sporty "coupe" SUV trend. The Isuzu Axiom was the first SUV to use "slim" headlights, I think.

    I like most of what Nissan is doing style wise, but the Maxima didn't translate from concept to production as well as the Murano. It kinda reminds me of the 2004 Maxima, I think with a refresh they will truly hone it down like they did with the 2007 refresh, but right now there are some styling cues that don't seem so well resolved. For me its the profile view and the rear seems a little bland.

    As far as Infiniti's current design, I don't think bulbous is a good description. Curvy, yes, bulbous, no. Now I do believe the M37/56 was bulbous, they kind of visually slimmed it down with the refresh. I would also say compared to the first FX, the second gen is relatively bulbous. But the Q50, though curvy, is a very lean looking car. The QX30 is very complex with all of the lines, but it still has a lean look. Overall I think Shiro carved out a good direction for Infiniti stylistically that the current designers seem to be carrying out well. And I saw a Q60 Red Sport at night time for the first time the other night... Car looked damn good and definitely had presence to it. Also love the lighting signatures on it. It kind of reminded me of the first time I saw a G35 Coupe in person.

    About the new Infiniti head designer... I am a little nervous that he will tone it down too much. Though I like the current design language of Infiniti, I think there is still a slight lack of that substance that the Germans seem to possess that no Japanese brand has been able to capture. So hopefully he can inject that into the lineup and still keep it true to Infiniti.
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    Yeah, either way it's probably good to get some new management in the design area.
    If someone blows up a school with a bomb they go after the bomber ... if someone shoots up a school they go after the gun.

    A privilege is just a right that has been taken away by government.

    Political correctness is cowardice wrapped in a lie.
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    2011 Infiniti M56, 30% ceramic tint, hard-wired Escort 8500 X50, LED cabin and trunk lighting - traded!


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