Ex-Renault vehicle development chief Patrick Pelata is leading a revolution in design and product engineering at Nissan.
Pelata has outlined his plan for shaking Nissan out of its doldrums. It is one of the first real signs that the French are making things happen in Japan. The new head of Nissan product development wants to unleash the company's dormant creativity - something easier said than done.
But the news is encouraging. Nissan's all-powerful engineering chiefs may not be all that powerful in the future. Regional units around the world will have more product development freedom and designers will no longer report to an engineering boss. They will report to Pelata, who wants them to take more risks in the studio.
These sound like simple solutions - almost too simple. But the Renault guys know what it takes.
Pelata may have figured out a way to make Nissan stop playing it safe. And with a couple of hit cars, Nissan's crisis could be over. It could be as simple as that.