February 11, 2003

Trio of Nissan’s make finals for Best New Design competition

Mississauga, Ontario – Two Nissan models and one Infiniti have made the finals of the Best New Design award sponsored by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. The 2003 Nissan 350Z sports car, the 2003 Nissan Murano ‘crossover’ sport utility vehicle and the 2003 Infiniti G35 Sport Sedan were finalists from a starting field of over 50 vehicles. The winner will be announced Thursday at Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto.

“I’m glad I don’t have to cast the deciding vote in this competition,” said Nissan Canada president Brad Bradshaw. “It would be a difficult choice, because they are vastly different vehicles. What they have in common is that they are all outstanding designs and they are all Nissans.”

The 350Z and Murano, which have already topped their categories in the annual AJAC competition, are also finalists, respectively, for the Canadian Car of the Year Award and Truck of the Year Award.

A most interested spectator at Thursday’s Best New Design award ceremony will be Alfonso
Albaisa, associate director of design at Nissan Design America in La Jolla, California.

Albaisa, who is at the Toronto show as a panelist for the third annual Design Forum and a judge in the World Automotive Design Competition, was responsible for the early development of the 350Z as chief interior designer and was an exterior designer for Murano.

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