TodayApril 16, 2022

NIssan’s chief car designer Shiro Nakamura

Los Angeles auto show

Los Angeles, CA – Southern California is known for its car design and designers. At the 2011 Los Angeles auto show we talked with Chief Creative Officer Shiro Nakamura for Nissan and Infiniti.

The interview wasn’t about a particular car but about the way Nakamura designs. What part of the car does Nakamura start on when he designs a car?

Is it a certain line, or a lack of line that makes a car?

Which is more important, lines or volume/proportion?

What are the fundamentals of design?

When you are designing a car do you have to consider the weight of the car?

Can you make a car that stresses fuel economy and has little horsepower a car that people are passionate about?

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.