Nissan director receives his OBE at Buckingham PalaceMar 14, 2013
Based at the Nissan Technical Centre Europe at Cranfield, Mr Hardcastle has overseenm the design and development of the marque’s best-selling Qashqai and Juke models.
His wife Jan looked on as he received his OBE from HRH the Prince of Wales for his contribution to the UK’s automotove industry. Mr Hardcastle is also a member of the UK Automotive Council, promoting UK growth in areas of advanced vehicle technology.
He said: “The day at the Palace with my wife Jan was something exceptionally special and it was great to be able to share the experience with her. It is not every day that you can set the satnav to Buckingham Palace.”
He has worked for Infiniti and Nissan since 1989 and has played a central role in the development, engineering and manufacture of many new models.
“It is a privilege to be rewarded with such recognition and I am humbled to think that I am now an OBE,” Mr Hardcastle said.
“I have been fortunate enough to have worked with such professional people within Nissan Motor Co. and the UK Automotive Council and I am sure that without their help this event would never have happened.”
The Infiniti Emerg-e concept, from the luxury brand, has been a recent example of how Jerry has helped to promote UK skills and technical development.
Thanks to his input, many UK companies were brought together to produce two working prototypes of the advanced range extender sports car.