Shiro Nakamura, Nissan chief designer
Has the alliance with Renault changed what you do in the design department?
We meet quite often with Renault designers to seek or exchange opinions but there is a strict rule on non-interference so that we can respect both the identities and direction of the brands.
Even so, there have been coincidences. The new Primera seems to have some design cues from the Renault Laguna.
The look of the Primera and Renault Laguna are similar in some respects, but there was no design collaboration. We were each working on these cars long before the alliance was formed.