Infiniti Designer Goes Moonlighting, Creates The Motali Luxury Yacht

Automakers such as Aston Martin and Porsche have ventured into to yacht design and they’re being joined by Alfonso Albaisa who is senior vice president of global design for Nissan.

His latest project is the Motali which is a 33 meter (108 foot) long luxury yacht that measures three stories tall.

According to Albaisa, he was approached by a Turkish client in 1990 about the possibility of designing a luxury yacht. While he was already working at Nissan at the time, he says the opportunity was too good to pass up as it combined “my lifelong passion with the job I love.”

The client gave Albaisa a rather interesting design brief as customer told him to imagine the Motali backing into its mooring at Monaco and stated the “rear view of this vessel should be like no other.”

Albaisa set to work and created a stylish luxury yacht which features curved windows, a dynamic bow, and a uniquely shaped upper cabin. According to the designer, he wanted to create something truly beautiful so he gave the Motali a “bullet-like expression and with romantic tapering at the stern that tumbles inwards, similar to the classic vessels of the 1950s.”

Of course, the switch from car design to yacht design wasn’t exactly easy as Albaisa noted the sheer size of the project made designing it more like creating a building. He also noted the views out the Motali’s windows would be as important as the vessel itself.

Albaisa has been pretty busy lately as he helped to create a handful of impressive models including the Infiniti Q60 and the Infiniti Prototype 9.


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  • Bo Hanan

    Why do I think somebody in senior management at Infiniti told this guy to “go design a yacht like the better luxury car companies do.”

  • pcurve

    I really like this car’s design. It also has reasonably sized grille, for a change. I just wish they would fix the interior… Maybe more people would buy it. In my hood, this car is rarer than the new NSX, which is saying something.

    • Jay

      There’s lots of little things that is wrong but it’s a good looking car on the outside. The inside is so stale and cheap vs the germans and even Lexus. It’s a ridiculous gas hog even for what it is and infiniti coupes definitely cater to too many bros.

      • SteersUright

        Exactly. Its so good looking on the outside I had to go see one. Then, I saw they simply recycled the crappy, outdated interior from the other Infiniti’s and I just walked away. Also, the sheer weight of this thing combined with terrible packaging (cramped interior yet massive, heavy car) and other compromises ruin the package despite the otherwise beautiful design of this car.

    • SteersUright

      Where do you live? I haven’t seen a single NSX yet in Miami which surprises me and I’d love to see one in person. How does the NSX look in person? Regarding the Infiniti, I’ve seen dozens already out here and it is definitely a good looking car.

      • pcurve

        I live in north jersey, and I’ve only seen it from behind. It actually doesn’t look great from behind, and looked quite small and low.

  • TheBelltower

    This is such a textbook wannabe luxury brand thing to do. Focus on the cars.

    • SteersUright

      I think this was a personal decision and Infiniti wasn’t involved in any way, right? That said, Infiniti needs all the focus and help it can get nowadays!

      • TheBelltower

        Agreed. Though, the way it generally works when you are at a certain level within a company, is that you have to run any external projects by them for their approval before you do it. Especially one that’s got press coverage complete with professional photography of shots of their Q-whatever included. No SVP at any company could ever do this type of thing without being closely aligned with the company that employs them. This was definitely underwritten by Infiniti, because it includes their vehicles in the coverage and it would be negligent for them not to be involved. That said, this is lame.

  • ck

    I agree with all the comments here about the cheap cramped interior that spoils the beautiful exterior design, but it is mostly “Sisters” I see driving these not “Bros”.

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