During the past four decades Nissan Design America contributed to the design of around 20 concept vehicles and 30 production models. In celebration of the anniversary of the Californian design studio, the automaker highlights some of NDA’s most memorable production vehicles. The Hardbody truck, Pulsar, Xterra, 350Z and GT-R all have one thing in common: brand’s first overseas design center founded in 1979 in San Diego. NDA provides creative contributions to brand’s global design operation in the areas of the exterior, interior, color, materials, and user experience.

“As we celebrate the 40 years of Nissan Design America, I see the continuation of diverse talent and extraordinary leadership that will shape exciting design, and groundbreaking user experience concepts, for Nissan and Infiniti in the years to come,” said Alfonso Albaisa, senior vice president, Nissan Global Design. Representing Nissan’s global customer-centric, NDA was the first overseas studio with the mandate to reflect and celebrate the U.S. market in creative activities. The design studio was followed by design locations in London, China, South Asia, Brazil, and India. In June, Nissan appointed David Woodhouse to serve as NDA vice president, leading all Nissan and Infiniti design activities in North America.