NASHVILLE -- Bruce Campbell, who brought a hip American style to several of Nissan Motor Co.'s important models, will retire as the company's top U.S. designer at the end of this month, the company said.
Campbell's San Diego studio did the designs for the 370Z as it morphed from a low-tech Japanese pocket rocket into a full-fledged sports car.
Campbell, 57, led the design work for the Xterra, an SUV that helped Nissan stay afloat during the late 1990s, as well as the current Altima and Maxima.
Alfonso Albaisa, vice president of Nissan Design Europe, will replace Campbell as vice president of Nissan Design America.
Albaisa previously worked at the San Diego studio and was influential in several U.S. design projects, including the Altima, Maxima and Rogue. He has led the European design group since 2007.