Social media is to become a core research tool in the development of future Nissan models, according to the firm's motorsport chief Jerry Hardcastle.
The firm realised the power of social media through the launch of the Juke R, according to Hardcastle, something which has subsequently given the firm a new sense of freedom to test reaction its latest design themes, market niches and new technology. The most recent examples were the IDx Freeflow, IDx Nismo and Bladeglider concepts.
Nissan launched the Juke R to the public through a YouTube video, but were taken aback by public reaction. “The Juke R allowed us to better understand and appreciate the brand, and importantly gather feedback quickly," said Hardcastle.
It is important, according to Hardcastle, to follow up on the excitement generated through new product. The Juke R was directly responsible for production versions of the Juke Nismo. The Juke R led to a “realisation of a strong brand and was able to change perceptions”.
He said that Nissan projects work best when the engineering and product development teams work with those best placed to create a story around it.