You can well imagine that if you are responsible for designing vehicles, you will start getting attached to your creations, just like a painter feels about his or her painting, or parents feel about their children. It is after all the manifestation of the design engineer’s imagination and vision. Well this is how Nissan’s Roland Schellenberg and Arnold Moulinet feel about Sparky, their Leaf-cross-Frontier which is functioning as a shop delivery car.
“Being a slick truck, and not so tough, I see it as a boy – but a boy with a heart. It’s something that we all put together. We all share. So it has a little bit of everybody in there,” says Schellenberg, who works for Nissan Durability & Reliability.
Sparky was born after the need for a team building activity as well as the need for a shop truck at Nissan’s Technical Center in Stanfield, Arizona.
When you look at Sparky’s cute and quirky design and racey red colour, you see what happens when you give creative automotive people a blank canvas and a blank cheque!
We think that Sparky would not look at all out of place at Group 1 Nissan either, so stay tuned.