Taisuke Nakamura makes mark as Infiniti’s new design chief

Infiniti will also accentuate so-called piano key lighting in the front and back. The tooth-like light elements sequentially light up in a look similar to keys of a piano. The use of wraparound tail lighting, meanwhile, may also be expanded to lend a solid, planted stance.

Among the features staying will be Infiniti’s trademark double-arch grille.

Nakamura took the reins of Infiniti design last year following the departure of Karim Habib. Habib, whom Infiniti poached from BMW, led the brand for barely two years before he left to become global design chief at Kia Motors Corp. shortly after the management shakeup that followed the arrest of Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn.

Nakamura had already taken a leading hand in penning the futuristic next-generation styling seen in such concepts as the QX Inspiration crossover and Prototype 10 open-cockpit racer.

During an assignment as design director at Nissan Design Europe in London, Nakamura led a number of other programs, including the Infiniti Emerg-E sports car and Q30 hatchback concepts, as well as the Nissan Qashqai and Nissan Gripz concept.

Other works for the Nissan brand include the Nissan IMx crossover concept, and design development of the new Sentra sedan.

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