The man responsible for creating the sleek 2010 Nissan Ellure Concept you see above is now the design director for Infiniti. Alfonso Albaisa (shown at right) has been a member of the Nissan design team for 25 years, but was recently promoted to executive design director for the Infiniti brand.

His past roles at Nissan have included design director for Nissan from 2004 to 2007, vice president of Nissan Design Europe from 2007 to 2011, vice president of Nissan Design America in 2011 and, most recently, he held the title of Nissan's global design director. Aside from Ellure, Albaisa was also responsible for designing the 2012 Nissan Xtrem Concept, "key strategic production vehicles soon to be launched" and he's even contributed to a handful of Infiniti designs. Scroll down for the official press release.
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Alfonso Albaisa Named Executive Design Director for Infiniti

HONG KONG - Alfonso Albaisa (48) has been appointed Executive Design Director for Infiniti, effective April 1, 2013. Albaisa will be leading the global Infiniti Design team and be responsible for further developing the design of all future Infiniti vehicles and concept cars. He will be based at the company's Design Center in Atsugi, Japan.

"We continue to set up Infiniti for further growth in the premium segment," said Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. "Design will play a pivotal role in our quest to nurture the brand and grow the business."

Albaisa is a passionate and seasoned automotive designer with 25 years of experience. "Alfonso is a great fit for Infiniti," said Shiro Nakamura, Chief Creative Officer. "He is a brand visionary who has the passion and drive to translate his progressive thinking into exciting designs with global appeal."

Albaisa joined the Nissan Design team in San Diego, CA, in 1988. From 1997, he held a number of senior Design positions within Nissan leading up to his appointment as Design Director, Nissan Design America, in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed Vice President of Nissan Design Europe. Upon his 2011 return to the US as Vice President, Nissan Design America, he led the design of the Nissan Ellure and Xtrem concept cars as well as key strategic production vehicles soon to be launched. He also played a key role in the design of several Infiniti models. In 2012, Albaisa was named Design Director of Nissan global Design, Nissan brand passenger cars, including Zero Emission Vehicles. In this global role, he was responsible to map out and implement Nissan's future design strategies.

Albaisa is a Cuban American who descends from a highly design- and architecture-minded family. He graduated from Pratt Institute in New York in 1988 and also attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI.

About Infiniti:

Infiniti, the premium automotive brand, reflects its brand promise "Inspired Performance" with a model line-up of saloons, coupés, SUVs and crossovers featuring exhilarating performance, emotive design and cutting edge technology. Infiniti continues to launch across the globe through a dedicated network of Infiniti Centres that share a commitment to exceptional hospitality throughout the entire period of ownership.

Infiniti was launched in 1989 in the United States. Infiniti's global footprint expanded into Canada in 1990, Taiwan in 1997, the Middle East in 2004, Korea in 2005 and Russia in 2006. Global expansion continued in 2007 with Infiniti Centres opening in the Ukraine and in one of the world's fastest growing luxury automotive markets, China. In 2008 Infiniti launched in Western and Central Europe which has added 19 additional markets. Infiniti is sold globally in 47 markets to date.

Since May 2012, Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.'s new global headquarters is situated in Hong Kong, headed by Johan de Nysschen as President of Infiniti.

Since the 2011 season Infiniti has been a major partner of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team. The team will be known as Infiniti Red Bull Racing from the 2013 season as the relationship evolves to make Infiniti the title partner and lead technical partner with a shared engineering expertise that delivers benefits for the race track and the road. Earlier this year, three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel was appointed Infiniti's Director of Performance.


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      mitytitywhitey
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Infiniti is spending more time than necessary on design and not enough on power train. The VQ is a sweet engine, but is a gas hog. They added a 5.6L V8 to the line... and a weaker V6... but BMW is eating Indiniti's lunch not because of design, or even fun to drive (Id say Infiniti's are as fun, with the exception of the M3 which Infiniti has no answer to)... No, BMW can be engaging and get 30+mpg. If Infiniti wants to compete with BMW any longer, they need to worry about something instrad of (or in addition to) design.
      J
      • 1 Year Ago
      The man looks like an undertaker....
      Lunch
      • 1 Year Ago
      Is this what a "designer" is suppose to look like? Sure use a lot of gel. Styling of the car? Meh.
      bonehead
      • 1 Year Ago
      We are in the age of overwrought styling. Im ready for it to stop. Everyone does not need a signature grill, headlight shape, swoopy chrome crinkle. Just make the cars attractive.
      Circ
      • 1 Year Ago
      So this is the man responsible for the downfall...
        wonky donky.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Circ
        Exactly. Why this guy thinks everything has to look like a whitetip reef shark, or throw a bloat tool on every Hofmeister kink is beyond me. His design language sucks.
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jesus, look at the schnoz on that thing. I guess that explains the new Altima.
      A P
      • 1 Year Ago
      Lose the lavender shirt with the horrible Euro collar and get a haircut.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh gosh... that tired old Maxima design is going to steer the entire lineup from Nissan to Infiniti? I'll turn my attention back to Nissan in another 6 years I guess.
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        Ger
        • 1 Year Ago
        - the GTR and add the altima to the fail list IMO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ger
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        CCR
        • 1 Year Ago
        Really? No he isn't responsible for all of those, especially the GTR and Armada. Albaisa designed the last 2004-2009 Quest and isn't even responsible for every Nissan. The GTR was designed over a decade ago by Japanese design teams and its styling was frozen in 2004. The Armada is a 2001 design effort, considering that it came out in 2003. This guy was too busy with the '04 Quest project then and didn't have any actual power on general Nissan design until 2004, when the 2007 models(except GTR) were the oldest works in progress. You somewhat come across as clueless and should know very well that it takes a very long time to design automobiles, as what we're seeing as new for 2014 is 2-3 years old. You can't make blanket assumptions on such little info. Shiro Nakamura is responsible, as he's the one in charge of every Nissan and Infiniti design that gets released and has been for a decade. I expect car enthusiasts to know better about not so much concerning Nissan, but at least the research and development process for all automakers. You cannot design a car in one week and then release it.
          CCR
          • 1 Year Ago
          @CCR
          I typed this hours ago and didn't see correction, so now it looks like you seem to agree on how had he no effect on the GTR and Armada, as those are too long in the tooth like you said.
      linuxaddict7
      • 1 Year Ago
      He looks like Steve Nash slightly less uglier.
      vroooomy
      • 1 Year Ago
      its a 2016 civic SI w/ a nissan grill and mclaren headlights...come on do better
        Henry
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vroooomy
        This is 2013. Is it not? Did you even think through what you just wrote? Whom precedes whom in that warped sentiment of yours? I hope you are not writing just for the sake of writing. I wish most of their designs are this good.
          linuxaddict7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry
          Dude, He just might have typo'd 2006 to 2016. You are making big deal out of it.
          Wally SirFatty
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry
          Don't be a ****.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Henry
          1 so close to 0 on the keyboard, easy mistake. Maybe he uses the number pad for quick calculations. Like how many years in the future is 2016.
        bubba_roe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vroooomy
        Oh you mean those headlights the maxima and 370 have had for years? lol. I guess you should say the McLaren has Nissan lights.
      mylz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cadillac ELR rip off much?
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