Shiro Nakamura with the Nissan Juke
Nissan's new head of design, Alfonso Albaisa
Nissan’s chief designer, Shiro Nakamura, who styled hugely significant cars including the Nissan Qashqai, GT-R, 350Z, Juke and Leaf, will retire at the end of this month after 17 years with the manufacturer.
66-year old Nakamura was first brought to Nissan in 1999 by Carlos Ghosn, and Nissan soon went on a remarkable turnaround which took it from the brink of bankruptcy to huge sales success with its Qashqai model leading the crossover boom.
Recently, Nakamura has overseen everything from the super-budget Datsun brand across to more experimental work with Nissan's flagship Infiniti marque.
Habib joins Nissan from BMW, where Jozef Kabaň is now chief designer. Canadian Habib joined the German manufacturer in 2012 but stepped down earlier this year. It was initially rumoured that he would move to Volkswagen, but he has now joined Infiniti.