Where is Nissan design headed? Look at Leaf headlamps and Infiniti M taillights

2011 Nissan Leaf / 2011 Infiniti M

For a peek at the future styling for Nissan Motor Co., take a close look at the headlamps on the Nissan Leaf electric-car and the sculpted rear-end of the new 2011 Infiniti M. Front and rear lamps raised from the body surface and pronounced spoilers are two focus points Nissan will use to improve the aerodynamics and handling of vehicles, according to global design chief Shiro Nakamura says.

The main goal of the design trend is to win young drivers and bring sales of models such as the Nissan Altima up to those with other Japanese rivals.

“The important thing is the front end and the rear end,” Nakamura said. “Traditionally, the lamp surface has been flush with or a continuation of body surface. Now we are disconnecting that surface.”

Let’s just pray that the Nissan Juke crossover isn’t going to influence anything in the future at Nissan.

– By: Omar Rana

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