Designing the New Murano Exterior
Nissan’s Design Division has always embraced designers of different nationalities, experience levels and cultural backgrounds – in the belief that stimulating exchanges among staff members from various backgrounds leads to novel designs that transcend convention, not only in the design field, but across the board.
This philosophy was beautifully demonstrated recently in the creation of the second- generation Murano crossover SUV. The Murano’s inspiring exterior design is the product of two key designers, Jungkyu Choi and Toshiyuki Abe, born in two different countries, ten years apart, and with very different design experiences and areas of expertise.
Jungkyu Choi, born and raised in South Korea, was still a college student when the first- generation Murano was introduced. "When I first saw the original Murano, it gave me a strong impression of refined design, quite different from your standard off-road SUV," says Choi. "The design of the Murano, which I saw in a photo, was one of the reasons I was eager to work at Nissan, even though I didn’t speak a word of Japanese."
(Source: Nissan Press)