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NISSAN DESIGN AMERICA 1980-2005
This page addresses the early part of my time at Nissan and covers the years
from 1980 to roughly 1999 or so. Check the second page for later work.
The DOORLESS car. I had an interest in
a minimal vehicle with some of its
structure showing. These three drawings
are early explorations of this idea.
Our first official project was an advance Maxima
which, to that time had been a very crisp, boxy
design. We wanted to round it up a bit.
A couple of old sketches from
those first months.
One early project was for a compact
SUV, which would eventually become
the Pathfinder.
Our 1:1 clay covered the four door sedan but we needed
to show a coupe version. This was my solution.
Sketching around the rear body
details of this SUV.
PULSAR NX:
Hopefully, more to come as I
go though the archives.
ALTIMA
              BLUE STUDIO was charged with the assignment of redoing the Stanza, the (neglected)
middle child in the lineup between the very successful Sentra and Maxima. The marketing people
had determined that this was to be the major segment in the future, as evidenced by the surging
Camry and Accord.
It is very hard to remember exactly when these were done but I think they were part of
the IV Program (Future Altima).
This sketch was done late in the program, as a
sort of "original ideation sketch" for the
marketing program. It does embody the IV
concept of a fully integrated body shell.
The final result. It was a very successful entry in this segment for Nissan
and was also produced in Japan as the Bluebird (not as successful).
In the aftemath, we are working on special versions, as well as starting a facelift program. The image on the left is a
"Ski" package, the one on the right is part of the many facelift developments, probably late in the program and
working on the front designs. By then, Blue Studio was under the management of the highly capable Doug Wilson.
These were Altima proposals for the next
steps, done in 1993.
Sometime after the introduction of the INFINITI channel, we were asked
to look at a coupe version (replacement for the M-30). This was an
advanced program so why not try some mid-engined concepts.?
Sometime later I did this advance Quest
proposal with the high belt, peekaboo rear door
window and unusual sideglass configuration -
based on the notion that most minivans had too
much glass and looked static.
An advanced proposal for a tiny SUV based
on the X graphic. I revisited this idea later on
the Active Seniors project.
A couple more rounded small SUV proposals.
Our main job at this time was to set up the facilities and
start hiring. As such we did not have any specific design
assignments. Of course we had to draw something...
This is my early 1/4 scale clay that
determined the design direction.
Three Z drawings done sometime in the 90's
I think that this Z proposal
would have made a slightly
more "adult" Z car and have
been a better choice than
what they ultimately did.
The NX COUPE followed the Pulsar NX a few years later. I
do not have good images of this project.
I was Chief Designer (Blue Studio) on this project. My
main contributions, other than overseeing the general
design development, was the front end design and parts
of the rear. My designers, Bruce Campbell and Doug
Wilson contributed basic side theme elements to the car.
Sketch from 1993 on Z project.
Late 90's Z proposal in Alias. I was intrigued
with the interesting surfaces on this design.
An early project was a Minivan. This was before
Chrysler proved the concept with their vehicle.
Unfortunately these scans are not good.
Late sketch after
the model had
been finalized.
Early sketch of concept. I was working with a
hatch concept Doug Wilson had come up with.
Rendering of a second proposal, designed
by Bruce Campbell. The design looked
good but wasn't chosen.
Some proposals for a micro car. Working
here with an exo-structural concept being
popularized in that era. The boxy design on
the right is probably the most interesting.
                                                 This project was a look at the possibility of Nissan becoming a truly basic supplier of components  to world
                                                 wide industry - an automotive version of INTEL, who doesn't make computers but everybody has their processors.  With
this scenario, the company would support various "cab & chassis" industries around the world - to take base Nissan technology to build unique & locally
responsive vehicles using a NISSAN POWER MODULE: a complete high-technology engine/transmission unit ready to install.  This was a self
generated concept, supported although not necessarily endorsed by NDA management.  (late 90s)
NISSAN > INTEL?
Construction utilizes tube bending, welding, fiberglass construction and other low-tech & locally
available technologies. A regional company could take the NissanPowerModule and make almost
anything, from a purpose built taxi or police car to a military vehicle.
An F-1 type steering wheel for a 2005
advanced sports project, four solutions
These three Photoshop
drawings were done in 2005.
The side's form intersection
creates a Z shape.
A photo of some fabric painted by my wife
was as a background for this Z sketch.
Maybe some of the AAU ID students will
recognize the photo used for a side glass
reflection on this Photoshop Z sketch.
XUV
Z's!
BLUR CONCEPT
Blurring the boundaries
between inside and out.
SHORT
VIDEO
About the VIDEO clips
you will see throughout
this site: Sadly, the huge
data demands of video
files resulted in many of
them being dumped from
my computer to make
room for other files. The
corporation may still have
them in their archives but
I do not :(
What I am left with are
small clips, almost too
short to deal with. I have
formated these LINKS to
always open a NEW TAB,
so you will have to X it out
to return to your surfing.
A little 'design theory'