After Carlos Ghosn began running the Nissan Motor Co. in 1999, he installed Shiro Nakamura, from Isuzu, as its chief designer. Five years later, Ghosn is widely seen as a...

After Carlos Ghosn began running the Nissan Motor Co. in 1999, he installed Shiro Nakamura, from Isuzu, as its chief designer. Five years later, Ghosn is widely seen as a management wizard, having engineered a stunning turnaround in the company’s fortunes, and Nakamura has established Nissan as a leader in automotive design.

Under Nakamura, Nissan has risen in prominence, becoming the first Japanese automaker to gain respect for its pace-setting designs rather than simply for engineering or quality. The New York Times goes on to say:

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