Shozo Sato joined Nissan Motor in 1937 and was transferred to the Design Department in 1948. He was appointed the head of the Body Design Team in 1950 and became the first head of the Design Department in 1954. It is believed that the first Bluebird (the 310 model) was based on his sketch. The Datsun Sedan 112 that he designed won the 1956 Mainichi Design Award in the industrial category, an award that the Mainichi newspaper established in 1955 to improve industrial design in Japan. Sato left Nissan Motor for health reasons in 1959.