June 18, 2004

Nissan expands design studios in Michigan

Farmington Hills, Michigan – Nissan is nearing completion of a significant expansion of its automotive design studios in Farmington Hills, Michigan, nearly tripling the size and enhancing the capabilities of the facility.

The expansion, which is expected to be completed this fall, will create nearly 51,000 square feet of interior studio space, compared with the current 13,200 square feet. There will be 17,780 square feet of exterior space, including an architecturally unique “egg” for viewing concepts.

“Nissan’s design direction is focused on creating unique, distinctive vehicles, and the expanded structure in Farmington Hills will be unique and distinctive in itself,” said NDA President Tom Semple. “The architect for this project, Luce Design in San Diego, has captured the focus of our automobile design in this new space.”

Originally, the studio located at the Nissan Technical Center North America served as a bridge between the designers at NDA headquarters in San Diego and the research and development engineers working in Michigan.

The expansion of the Farmington Hills studios will allow NDA designers in Michigan to become more involved in exploratory design than they have in the past.

In the past, NDA has created a broad range of designs, including computers, medical equipment, children’s furniture and golf clubs. In January, the Nissan Actic concept car, designed by NDA, was featured at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The expanded Farmington Hills studios adds to the global design capabilities of Nissan, which, in addition to San Diego, has studios in London and Atsugi, Japan, and San Francisco.

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