TOKYO – Judging by the crowds gathered around Nissan Motor Co. Ltd.’s Pivo2, the auto maker’s main concept car at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the tiny 3-seater with its revolving cabin easily was one of the biggest hits of the 17-day extravaganza. For Masato Inoue, Pivo2’s chief designer, this sort of reaction to one of his creations is nothing new. Dating back to the start of the decade, the 55-year-old Inoue, who heads Nissan’s Exploratory Design Dept., has carved nearly a dozen notches ...

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