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Best of 2012 – People

Dec. 28 – Yokohama – From Usain Bolt, the World’s Fastest Man, to Yuki Morimoto, our Chief Executive Officer’s translator, we have featured a host of amazing individuals in 2012.

We’re inspired by their enthusiasm and professionalism, and it’s easy to see why. Take a look at how they have left their mark in these stories from this year.

Usain Bolt, Nissan’s Director of Excitement

The World’s Fastest Man took on a new title for Nissan during his recent visit to the global headquarters in Yokohama: Director of Excitement.

The pairing of the gold-medallist Olympian and a specially customized gold Nissan GT-R supercar was a match made in heaven and a welcome boost for Bolt’s charity foundation.


Yuki Morimoto, CEO Interpreter

Our feature on Yuki Morimoto, Nissan’s Chief Executive Officer’s translator, was a hit with international journalists who have often seen her in action alongside CEO Carlos Ghosn.

Morimoto joined the Global Media Center for a one-on-one exclusive interview to share with us some of her most memorable experiences during 12 years as a translator and gave us some tips on her trade.


Jay Leno, US Comedian

Comedian Jay Leno, well-known for his nightly television program in the United States, is an avid car collector and automotive enthusiast.

Leno paid a visit to Japan in September this year and was given special access to some of Nissan’s top secret concept cars as well as the Zama Heritage Garage.


Sebastian Vettel, Three-time Formula 1 Champion

Infiniti ambassador Sebastian Vettel won his third world championship title for Formula 1 this year, the youngest ever driver to achieve the feat.

Vettel was in Japan in October and he paid a visit to Nissan’s Tochigi plant, where the first Infiniti FX Vettel Edition will be made. More to come in the new year, as the premium automotive brand becomes title sponsor for the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team.


Ryuichi Sakamoto, Composer and Academy Award Winner

World famous composer and actor, Ryuichi Sakamoto, became the first driver of the Nissan LEAF in Manhattan, New York, back in April this year.

The EV ambassador took us on a journey through the streets of Manhattan in his electric ride while getting quite a bit of reaction from New Yorkers.


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