Cuban-American Alfonso Albaisa, lead designer of Nissan, was named Designer of the Year in Newsweek’s inaugural World’s Greatest Auto Disruptors awards for his lifetime of work.
Newsweek recognizes the best and brightest in the car industry across six categories.
Since joining the company more than 30 years ago, Albaisa has put his vision on the brand in a variety of ways. He was honored as part of Nissan’s NEXT transformation, a four-year worldwide project that began in 2020 and promises 12 new vehicles, including the all-new Nissan Ariya, Frontier, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Nissan Z, among others.
“Disruption is the job description, so I take great honor in this formal recognition of doing what my team and I were born to do day in and day out,” said Albaisa, Senior Vice President for Global Design for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
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Alfonso Albaisa has worked on a variety of models and brands under the Nissan Motor Corporation banner, including Nissan, Infiniti, and Datsun, since entering the company in 1988.
The Z Proto prototype, Ariya, Frontier, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra for Nissan Brand, and Infiniti QX60, QX55 for Infiniti are just a few of his recent famous car designs for the US market.
Albaisa’s designs were also awarded as the “Best Car Lineup” for 2021 in the Newsweek Auto Awards.
He is also in charge of the company’s logos, exhibition spaces, dealerships, and even building architecture, in addition to vehicle design.
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