17 March 2008
I'm not quite sure what to make of this:
Shiro Nakamura likes to think that designing cars is like making music.
That I can comprehend, I think. But then:
At Nissan, which also makes premium vehicles under the Infiniti brand, his gig involves a range of music, he says.
"Luxury cars are like classical music: you have to respect certain rules otherwise they will not be accepted," Nakamura says. "The Nissan brand is more like jazz, pop or rock: you can ignore the rules."
Now I'm curious. Nissan sells one vehicle in this country with both nameplates: the monstrous Nissan Armada SUV, based on the Titan pickup, is dressed up with $10,000 worth of glitz and sold at Infiniti stores as the QX56. Which rule was respected, and which rule ignored?
Incidentally, my own Infiniti, an I30, is a derivative of Nissan's Maxima. If it's a classical piece, it's Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini: neither the sheer number of variations, nor the admitted ingenuity thereof, will change the fact that the theme itself came from somewhere else.
(Via The Truth About Cars.)Posted at 7:20 PM to Driver's Seat