Etienne Henry will be Nissan Europe’s head of product planning

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 8, 2011

Nissan has appointed Infiniti executive Etienne Henry to be the head of product planning in Europe. Henry succeeds Pierre Loing who will be transferring to the U.S. from Nissan's European headquarters in Switzerland to serve as Nissan Americas's new vice president of product planning. These appointments are effective Jan. 1. Henry is currently the global program director for Infiniti, which is Nissan's luxury brand.

In the new role, he will handle advanced and product planning for Nissan as well as Infiniti models in Europe, India, Africa and the Middle East. Henry, who had worked for Philips Consumer Electonics, has had various positions in Nissan. He had previously worked as Nissan’s chief product specialist and regional product manager.

In 1999, Loing joined Nissan where he held major roles in the creation of the Nissan Qashqai crossover and Leaf electric car. Loing replaces Larry Dominique in the U.S. Dominique was recently named to be the executive vice president of the Data Solutions Group at TrueCar Inc., which provides online car pricing and leads to dealers.

New Nissan GT-R Introduced

When Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., officially launched the 2012 Nissan GT-R, it quickly gained a reputation as a vehicle that while delivering even greater performance, displayed better fuel economy and lower emissions, resulting in both drivers and the passengers being excited to be inside one.

In terms of output, available starting from 6,400 rpm, it is now at 404 kW (550 PS) from 390 kW. Peak torque is higher as well, from 612 Nm to 632 Nm (64.5 kgfm), and starting at 3,200 rpm and going all the way to 5,800 rpm.

Without a doubt, this newest GT-R appears to be the brand’s most efficient by far. When the first GT-R was released, it not only became an icon but in fact created what would become a new kind of supercar. While it was a given that it would have excellent handling and performance, its potential could be experience by all types of drivers and no matter what the conditions may be. As such, it received a very warm welcome. However since Nissan has a practice of constant development, it meant that the GT-R would still evolve.

Thus for the 2012 GT-R, aside from delivering more power, it comes with a number of new developments like the asymmetric suspension. What this does is to balance out the greater weight that is created on the driver’s side, especially in right-hand-drive versions. New as well is the better feel of the transmission and a body that is stronger to give it additional rigidity and with it better handling.

Nissan will also be offering a "For TRACK PACK" variant, though this will be available initially in the U.K. and Japan. This package is founded on the Spec-V model’s DNA making the GT-R a lightweight two-seater car, making it apt for the track.

In general, this package shows the changes that the brand did to its flagship model for the 2012 model year and highlights this new model’s performance potential. Sales for the 2012 GT-R are scheduled to begin in the Japanese market by November 24, 2011, with the European market following by January 2012.

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