The 47-year-old Habib, who went to the Art Centre College for Design in Switzerland, has been an automotive designer for almost 2 decades. He began his career with BMW, and spent a few years working for Mercedes, and back to BMW, before deciding to join Infiniti. Some of his works while at BMW are: the 7 Series, the X2 concept, the 3.0 Hommage concept, and his most recent one, the 4 Series (launched in January).
Albaisa seems quite ecstatic that the Canadian designer will be joining the Infiniti team as he could be an influence for the next generation. [Albaisa] even said in an interview that Habib was “skilled at capturing the heart and passion of the brand” while giving each model its unique characteristics. He is good at creating “modern and inspiring designs”.
Habib also helped design the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class at Daimler. With an eye for style when it comes to luxury vehicles, that is probably the reason why Infiniti wanted to recruit him. But one thing about him that makes him extraordinary is his attention to detail. He once mentioned something about the “millimeter difference” and how it affects the interior of the car as it won’t have balance. Can you just imagine how a regular person would notice that? But it does make a lot of sense.
“A millimeter difference can mean a lot” says Habib. He stated that how the positioning of every detail in the car matters from the gearshift, the screen, and even to the cup holder. All these small details add up to the whole experience and you don’t want to mess that up. Aside from the positioning though, it’s the materials used for each part that play a big factor. They all have to be synchronized in a certain way.
Habib will be based in Atsugi, Japan, where Nissan’s technical centre is located. Aside from his post in Japan, he will be in charge of leading design teams in Beijing, San Diego, and London as well.
Infiniti currently has a lineup of eight vehicles. Will Habib stick to the style of the current models? Or will there be changes in the current look, as Habib applies his own style to the brand? Will he be working on Infiniti’s rumored Black S performance division, or perhaps concept cars? This is something a lot of us would be interested to know, and at the same time, excited to see.