Nissan appoints SVP for R&D in Europe


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Nissan has appointed David Moss senior vice president, research and development (R&D) in Europe.

With a remit that includes research, development and engineering operations for Nissan in Europe, Moss will play a vital role in leading the journey to zero emissions in the region, with a suite of electrified options set to make up almost half of Nissan models sold within the next three years.

In his new position, Moss will prepare the business for the next generation of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies for future models. As part of Nissan’s integrated global R&D network, his team will work to provide localized vehicles to meet the specific demands and desires of European customers.

Moss said, “I’m delighted to be taking the helm of Nissan’s R&D operation in Europe, to further the industry-leading work that’s been going on in this region for many years. As we continue to electrify our line-up and bring new technologies to market, the work being done by our engineering facilities across the region has never been more important and I’m excited to be leading this transformational team at a crucial time.”

Joining Nissan in 1990 as a body design graduate engineer, Moss gained extensive experience in all aspects of vehicle engineering and project management through various roles in Europe and Japan. Prior to his new appointment, he was chief vehicle engineer. Based in Japan, he was globally responsible for Qashqai, spending the last two years leading the development of the third-generation model.

Moss will be based at Nissan’s Technical Centre Europe in Cranfield, UK, and will report to Gianluca de Ficchy, chairman for Nissan Europe. He succeeds Nobusuke Tokura, who was recently appointed to the role of senior chief powertrain engineer for Nissan, based in Japan.

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