• Expertise: Research, development, engineering
  • Location: NTCE, Cranfield, UK
  • Languages spoken: English
  • DOB: September 1966

Who is David Moss?

David is responsible for the research, development and engineering of Nissan’s vehicles across Africa, Middle East, India, Europe and Oceania. Nissan’s R&D function is preparing the business for the next generation of Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology. David and his team play a vital role in Nissan’s journey to reducing emissions and introducing a wave of new connectivity and safety technologies to the markets. As the company continues to electrify its line-up and bring new technologies, the work being done by David and his team is increasingly important and he is excited to be leading the team through the transformation at such a crucial time.  

Nissan has also led the industry for many years with the ongoing introduction of its Nissan Intelligent Mobility technology, and David works to ensure the company continues to deliver localised vehicles to meet the specific demands and desires of the customers from across the region.

Career History

David joined Nissan as a Graduate Engineer in 1989 and has risen through the ranks at the company, taking on roles in Europe and Japan involving body design, interior and HVAC engineering, and corporate planning. Gaining extensive experience in all aspects of vehicle engineering and project management and increasing his overall vehicle knowledge.

Prior to his current role, David held the position of Senior Vice President, Research and Development for Nissan in Europe. Before that, he held a role of Chief Vehicle Engineer.  Based in Japan, he was globally responsible for Qashqai and spent the last two years leading the development of the third-generation model.

David has been involved in all three generations of Qashqai – from concept to start of production, he is proud to have seen the model evolve to become synonymous with the crossover segment. From day one, the Qashqai has exceeded all expectations, and having led the development of the third-generation model, David is excited to see this launched in the coming years.   

Personal Memory

The initial launch of the second-generation Qashqai is a moment that stands out for David during his time at Nissan. With the first iteration of the model still selling so successfully, the game-changing second-generation needed to prove just as popular. Following the global launch of the vehicle in London, the new Qashqai received positive reactions from consumers and won the ‘What Car?’ Car of the Year award, demonstrating that the Qashqai was still the best vehicle in the crossover segment and would continue to lead.

Why is Nissan different?

Nissan’s approach to teamwork – both internally and across the Alliance structure – is what David believes sets it apart from other vehicle manufacturers. The shared drive and ambition to deliver a great product, and the ability to cooperate with other brands on synergies to improve overall performance, make Nissan a unique place to work. 

Future Predictions

While the automotive industry has consistently gone through periods of change and evolution, David believes the level of change coming will be greater than what we’ve seen in the past. From electrification to autonomy to the future ownership of vehicles, the industry is continuously reinventing itself to match consumer needs and wants.


City, University of London – BSc Aeronautical Engineering

In David’s Personal Time

As a habitual engineer, David likes to complete DIY projects in his spare time and also enjoys socialising with friends.

Your current car

David’s current car is a Qashqai as he likes to drive the vehicle’s he and his team have been working on. This helps him to better understand the position of the customer so they can improve the products for the future.

Your first car

David’s first car was a red Ford Fiesta XR2 – he liked the sport styling and performance.

Issued by Nissan