(from Nissan Press
Release) Nissan Skyline Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Style and
Tokyo (April 24, 2007) – Nissan Skyline celebrated its 50th
anniversary today in grand style at an event held at Tokyo’s new
Midtown development. Dating back to 1957, the Skyline is a legendary
car in the Nissan line-up with a long heritage of style and
performance, beloved by motoring fans all over the world.
Taking this opportunity, Nissan also showed the all-new Skyline
Coupe today, making its first appearance in Japan. The new Skyline
Coupe is scheduled for release this fall in Japan.
Present at the celebrations were the chief engineers that led the
product development of each generation Skyline, including Shinichiro
Sakurai, chief development engineer of the first Skyline model. The
event featured a film presentation that reflected the evolution of
the Skyline design, performance and image throughout the different
eras of each generation Skyline.
A fashion show entitled “Skyline GT Collection” was held in
commemoration of the anniversary, featuring twelve of today’s most
popular fashion models, including Yoko Horiuchi. The models were
dressed in specifically designed outfits, inspired by each
Celebrity guests included musician Joe Hisaishi, actor Ken Watanabe,
while major league baseball player Ichiro offered his
congratulations via a video message. Each of these celebrities share
in a common trait with the Skyline i.e. that they were born in Japan
but have since gained fame and recognition in the global arena. Mr.
Hisaishi’s latest composition, I Will Be, written for the Skyline’s
new TV commercial, was performed for the first time by Mai Hisaishi,
who is also featured on the commercial.
The Skyline 50th Anniversary exhibition, featuring each generation
Skyline model, will be open to the public at Tokyo Midtown Garden
from Tuesday, April 24th to Sunday, May 6th. The new Skyline Coupe
and the Skyline GT Collection fashion line will be on exhibit at the
Midtown Atrium from Wednesday, April 25th through Sunday, May 6th.
Skyline 50th Anniversary Event: Grand Touring – Legend and Future
* Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2007
* Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
* Location: Tokyo Midtown, Hall A
- Ken Watanabe, actor
- Joe Hisaishi, musician and Mai Hisaishi, singer
- Ichiro, major league baseball player (video appearance)
- Yoko Horiuchi and 11 other fashion models
- Shiro Nakamura, Senior Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
- Takao Katagiri, Corporate Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.