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SAN DIEGO – The Nissan Hardbody truck, 1986 Pathfinder, 1999 Xterra, 350Z, 370Z, and GT-R all have one thing in common: Nissan's first overseas design center founded in 1979 in San Diego.
Named Nissan Design America (NDA), the California-based center also led design for the 2020 TITAN and the all-new 2020 Sentra. NDA provides creative contributions to Nissan's global design operation in the areas of the exterior, interior, color, materials, and user experience/user interface design.
During the past four decades, NDA contributed to the design of about 20 concept vehicles and 30 production models. In celebration of the anniversary, the automaker highlights some of NDA's most memorable production vehicles:
"As we celebrate the 40 years of Nissan Design America, I see the continuation of diverse talent and extraordinary leadership that will shape exciting design, and groundbreaking user experience concepts, for Nissan and Infiniti in the years to come," said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president, Global Design, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
NDA is part of Nissan Global Design, which is headquartered in Atsugi, Japan. Representing Nissan's global customer-centric DNA, NDA was the first overseas studio with the mandate to reflect and celebrate the U.S. market in creative activities. NDA was followed by design locations in London, China, South Asia, Brazil, and India.
In June, Nissan appointed David Woodhouse to serve as NDA vice president, leading all Nissan and INFINITI design activities in North America. Woodhouse brings more than 25 years of design expertise from premium brands.
For more information on the complete Nissan vehicle lineup, please visit NissanNews.com.
The 2020 Nissan Titan and the 2020 Nissan Sentra are not yet available for purchase. The expected availability for the 2020 TITAN is early 2020. The expected availability for the 2020 Sentra is late January of 2020.
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